The 4-H Poultry Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their birds. Subjects such as such as general care, nutrition housing, and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and activities such as poultry judging, and in preparation of an exhibit. Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Poultry Project.
Important documents can be found at the bottom of this page underneath "Related Files".
Important Project Dates:
May 15, 2017 Birds must be owned and cared for by 4-H member (with the exception of meat bird hybrids, such as Cornish cross)
June 15, 2017 Meat bird hybrids must be owned and cared for by the 4-H member
June 1, 2017 Deadline to enroll poultry for State Fair without penalty. State Fair Entry website: click here
July 7, 2017 Deadline to enter birds in FairEntry.
- Each 4-H member needs to turn in a record sheet and complete 3 activities from the project manual to complete the poultry project for the year.
- Grade is based on the grade you were in when you enrolled in 4-H for the 2016 year.
- If you exhibit an animal poster project you need to complete the General 4-H Record Sheet and turn it in at judging check-in in order to have your poster judged. This is required even if you plan to exhibit an animal in that project at the county fair.
Here are some additional website that you might helpful for this project:
Producing Turkey's for Show - Texas A&M Extension
Parts of a Chicken - University of Minnesota 4-H
Raising Ducks - University of Minnesota 4-H
The Small Flock of Poultry Meat - University of Minnesota 4-H
Raising Geese - University of Minnesota 4-H
Rearing chicks and pullets for the small laying flock - University of Minnesota 4-H
Selecting and Preparing Poultry for Exhibition- Kansas State Extension
Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Poultry Educational Resources
American Poultry Association
American Bantam Association
American Egg Board
National Chicken Council
National Turkey Federation
Central Indiana Poultry Show
Indiana State Fair
How to create a 4-H Poster