POMEROY — Did you know that behind
there is a small chicken coop occupied with not just ordinary chickens but a
few birds of the rare Java breed? Meigs High School
The Java type chickens were reportedly in
early as 1835 but are said to have practically disappeared from here in the
While the population of Javas has increased, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy continues to list Javas as “critical” on its watch list, meaning fewer than 500 breeding birds from five or fewer primary breeding flocks are known.
The Javas at
High School were given to the
Vocational Agriculture (VoAg)/FFA department by Rodney Butcher of the
Harrisonville community, the uncle of an FFA member, with the thought that it
would give the students an opportunity to raise and show the rare birds which
reside in . Meigs County
Last summer Tiffany Will purchased two of the Javas from Butcher to enter in the Meigs County Fair competition. She received a reserve champion award on her chickens.