The 62nd annual Somervell County Youth Fair featured steers, heifers, swine, goats, sheep, rabbits — and one confused female turkey.
Glen Rose High School senior Cayden Miller, president of the Somervell County FFA, entered a 3-year-old bourbon red turkey hen in the Poultry division.
The turkey recently had a clutch of 12 eggs. To avoid possums eating the surviving eggs, Cayden decided to put them in an incubator.
“She was really sad that we took (the) eggs,” said Miller, who earned a Grand Champion title two years ago with a royal palm turkey and was Reserve Champion in the Goat division about five or six years ago.
Miller decided to provide the hen with six chicken eggs to hopefully regain her happiness.
“She sat on all six, and the others didn’t hatch,” said Miller, who is deciding on going to either Texas A&M or Tarleton State to pursue a career in agriculture.
Ever since the one baby chicken did hatch, the turkey hen has been hovering around it being just as protective as if it were her own.
“This is the greatest adoption story ever,” Miller joked. “She is no nice, very friendly toward anything, unless you’re messing with the chicken. We’ll see how she turns out.”
Somehow, it almost seemed fitting that — just a few feet away from the poultry pens inside the Expo Center — a group of youngsters from the Rockin' D Daycare Center of Glen Rose paused their educational field trip for a quick round of the children’s game known as “Duck, duck, goose.”
Despite the humorous “adoption” story, Cayden’s sister Callyn Miller, a Glen Rose seventh grader, pulled out a surprising win with first place in the Turkey division, ahead of two entries by Cayden. She also placed first in the Bantam Cockerel Poultry division.
Cayden Miller earned first, second and third place in the Poultry - Hen division, and won the Senior Showmanship title. He also got a first place in the Duck division, beating out runner-up Callyn.
“She’s learned a lot from her brother,” said their mother, Theresa Miller, whose husband Kiel Miller is the GRHS varsity softball coach.
Their older brother, 22-year-old Colton Miller, didn’t compete in stock shows, but helped Cayden when he was growing up.
“The kids do it (themselves),” their mom said. “We instill that responsibility in them. We feel that’s important for their success. It’s great life lessons. They learned a lot of discipline and responsibility.”
Colton is now in the Marine Reserves, and resides in Stephenville. He attends the Ranger College branch there, and plans to transfer to Tarleton State.