Poultry center gobbles up popularity among fairgoers

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FAIRLEA, WV (WVNS) — The Poultry Center at the State Fair of West Virginia is housing chickens, ducks, turkeys and many other types of birds.

West Virginia Department of Agriculture Poultry Specialist Jerry Ours explained what people can experience while at the fair.

“In here we try to show the people and educate them on our industry,” Ours said. “We have baby chicks hatching… We also have something for the kids, we have a coloring contest.”

For many, this may be the only time they get up close and personal with poultry, which accounts for 52% of West Virginia’s agriculture. Ours said a lot of people are always intrigued by certain birds, especially the white feathered turkeys.

“We use white turkeys and chickens in the United States because when you process those, you don’t get the pin feathers,” Ours said. “Other countries still use the darker colored birds.”

Onlookers can also catch baby ducklings sliding down their playground.

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