SHOREVIEW, Minn. — Nine strong chicks from across the country are competing this week for the nationwide title: Purina’s Strongest Chick in America. These nine #ChickStrong finalists are in the grand finale round after competing against more than 1,000 entries on the Purina Poultry Facebook page throughout April. The winner of the finale round will win a year’s supply of Purina Poultry feed.
Finalists in the running for the grand prize are:
– Janelle Monnas from Orlando, Fla.
– Michelle Renee from LaSalle, Mich.
– Carissa Baxter from Richlands, N.C.
– Patricia Wilson from Selma, N.C.
– Lynsi Campbell from Watford City, N.D.
– Enedelia Lopez from Duncan, Okla.
– Jennifer Lampkin from Big Sandy, Texas
– Laura Vaile Gariner from Hockley, Texas
– Lee Ellen Hagedorn from Salkum, Wash.
Each of these nine finalists submitted photos of their backyard chicks, saying how the chicks are starting strong. The nine finalists were chosen based on fan votes. Poultry enthusiasts across the country had the chance to vote in the contest, with the top three entries each week moving onto the finale round. Each finalist received a collectible coop sign and is now in the running to win a year’s supply of Purina® chicken feed to feed their backyard flock.
Voting between the nine finalists is happening now through Friday, April 27 at noon CST on the Purina Poultry Facebook page. Visit the Purina Poultry Facebook page to cast your vote and to read each finalist’s winning story.
The contest celebrates Purina’s #ChickStrong starter-grower feeds and is part of Purina’s annual celebration of baby chicks each spring. Backyard chickens are becoming more popular each year as a family pet with benefits. Both urban and rural families start raising flocks in the spring, so they can collect farm fresh eggs when the hens turn 18 weeks old in the fall. This year’s celebration centers around local poultry raising workshops called Purina® Flock Talk events.
As the name implies, these local celebrations have backyard flock conversations for everyone. Families considering chickens can learn how-to tips and pick up chicks right in the store. Experienced flock raisers can take part in advanced tracks and information deep dives.
“Anyone who loves animals is invited to attend their local Purina® Flock Talk event,” says Katie Signorelli, backyard flock marketing manager with Purina Animal Nutrition. “Our spring chick events have created excitement for years. This year, we renamed our celebration, and added activities for both beginner and experienced flock raisers. We can’t wait for this poultry party, because who doesn’t love talking chickens?”
To learn tips for starting a backyard flock and to find a local Purina® Flock Talk event near you, visit www.purinamills.com/chick-strong or connect with other flock raisers on Facebook or Pinterest.