Allen Harim partnered with Woodbridge High School to build a miniature chicken house for students to learn how to raise chicken for meat production.

The 10-by-20-foot chicken house, part of the Animal Science Program, will have 99 chicks in each flock, and students will be responsible for ensuring they have enough feed and water. The students will monitor their growth and, when they reach market size, work with a local butcher shop to process the birds.

Allen Harim, with financial support from Farm Credit, worked with local vendors to build the chicken house and will provide the chicks and the feed for every flock.

State and local elected officials gathered Feb. 5 to officially cut the ribbon on the chicken house and meet some of the students and teachers involved in the project. Among the dignitaries were Delaware Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse, Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, Rep. Dave Wilson and Sussex County Council President Michael Vincent.

The idea for the chicken house came from Jordan Chelton in his senior project in 2017. Chelton, who was on hand for the ribbon cutting, said it’s as he imagined it when he sketched it all out on paper last year.