Ranley Krueger, 9, of Tatum, stands with trophy next to his Grand Champion Broiler chickens. (Tess Townsend Photo)
A flock of champions swooped the Bird Show at the Eastern New Mexico State F air Wednesday.
Ranley Krueger’s pen of three five-pound Broiler chickens won the Grand Champion title for Broilers.
“First trophy I’ve ever won,” said Krueger, 9, of Tatum holding his trophy in the air as he chatted with friends.
“I was just excited because it was my first year showing chickens,” said the fourth-year member of Tatum 4-H, who is the son of Robin and Jeremy Hogue.
Grand Reserve Champion for Broilers went to a pen of three five-pound Broiler chickens entered by Krueger’s friend Tyler Graham, 8, also of Tatum.
Asked why his chickens won the reserve title, Graham shrugged.
His mother, Casey Graham, said, “We just did what we were supposed to do.”
Tyler Graham is in his first year of Tatum 4-H. His father is Stewart Graham.
Payton McCarthy, 10, of Roswell, took home the Grand Champion prize for Bantam chickens. The first-year Chaves County 4-H member said playing with his chicken was one of the keys to his 26-ounce show bird winning the title.
Asked the name of his bird, McCarthy, son of Matt and Shawna Miller, said, “Now his name is winner winner chicken dinner.”
However, he said he does not plan to enter his bird into the Livestock Auction on Saturday.
Both Graham and Krueger plan to enter their birds.