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Williams sisters get competitive with broilers (video)

By BY KELDY ORTIZ - KORTIZ@VICAD.COM
Feb. 23, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 8:23 p.m.

Carly, left, and Lauren Williams move their chicks around the coop in order to get them to eat and be active. Each sister gets half of the coop to raise their own broilers. The sisters started with 50 chicks and will take the three largest birds to the Victoria County Livestock Show.

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Lauren and Carly Williams are sisters, but that doesn't mean they take it easy on each other when it comes to competing.

They're both showing broilers in this year's livestock show, but Lauren said she's taking the event a lot more seriously than in years past.

"I'm a lot more dedicated," said the 16-year-old sophomore at St. Joseph High School. "I'm really determined to beat my sister."

To do that, she said she tends to her chickens every opportunity she gets, moving them around in their boxed cubicle and making sure they are fed regularly.

She started with 50 chicks, but will only bring three to the show.

Carly, 14, a Howell Middle School eighth grader, however, sees the competition a bit differently. Against her sister, winning is "top priority," but "as long as we win, that's cool."

Both have been competing at the livestock show for more than four years. It's been a tradition in their family, as their mother, Tiffany Williams, competed when she was younger.

Their mother said she's more than happy to pass the baton to her children because they will learn a lot from the competition.

"It's a responsibility," said Williams. "You're accountable for someone other than themselves. It's a six-week science project."

They get the chicks six weeks before the livestock show and raise them to become broilers.

Neither sister has won reserve or grand champion before. They're hoping that will change this year. But for Lauren, working with animals is just the first step in a long career for her.

"I want to be a veterinarian," she said. "I've always loved raising animals."

Before she gets into her career, she has to deal with the chickens, which she hasn't been too fond of.

"They get really messy," she said. "That's why I don't get attached to them."

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