Raising poultry is growing in popularity and with poultry keeping comes numerous and diverse designs for coops. The Maine Poultry Growers Association has partnered with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in co-sponsoring the 2013 Maine Poultry Coop Contest. You are invited to enter your poultry coop (coop photo and description) in this contest. The purpose of the contest is to showcase the many and varied designs used by Maine poultry keepers and enthusiasts. The Maine Poultry Growers Association will provide prizes of $200, $100, $50 to the top three entries respectively and a subscription to Backyard Poultry magazine for the fourth and fifth place entries. Only Maine residents may enter the contest.
All entries must include at least one coop photo (not more than three photos) and a completed entry form. Entry forms and photos may be submitted on-line, in person or mailed to Poultry Coop Contest, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME 04105. The deadline for submitting entries: December 31, 2012.
Coops may be seasonal, year round, stationary or mobile. Coops may be multi-purpose in design. Coops need not be original designs. A team on judges will evaluate each entry based on specific criteria that include design, purpose, space, construction materials, safety, cost and unique features. Winning entries will be announced at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the Augusta Civic Center. One need not be present for the award.
For the entry form and criteria, see the web site http://umaine.edu/liv
estock/poultry/coop-contest/ or contact Andrea Herr at 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (toll free in Maine only).