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Poultry

February 2, 2018

4-H POULTRY

General: 

  1. Birds exhibited must have been raised by the 4-H member.
  2. A member may enter a maximum of 18 entries, either commercial or exhibition, or a combination of both.
  3. An exhibitor may enter 3 birds in one class as long as they are of a different breed (example: one white rock, one white giant, and one brown leghorn pullet may be shown the exhibition pullet class). 
  4. Poultry manuals are due at the time of check-in.
  5. The day of check-in, exhibitors must sign birds up for the classes they will be in.
  6. All birds must be disease and lice free! All poultry must be in good health, condition, and dry feathers at check-in.  All birds must also have a form for a negative Pullorum-Typhoid test within 90 days preceding exhibition. 
  7. Superintendent has the right to refuse birds at check-in.
  8. Exhibitors must be present at the time of the judging unless excused by the Superintendent. The exhibitor is responsible for the cleanliness of their exhibit pens and surrounding area. 
  9. There will be a herdsman award given out towards the end of the week to the exhibitor who does a superior job of cleaning their pens and floor, their exhibitor cards filled out, and their birds always have feed and water.
  10. Poultry enrollment forms need to be completed and turned into the extension office by May 15st.
  11. To complete poultry project, you must complete 3 activities in your poultry manual each year.

Poultry 1 activities include identifying parts, species and breeds, selection, exploring an egg, cooking eggs, feather features, talking the talk, feeding, and handling, washing and showing. Grades 3-5 completes three activities per year

 

Poultry 2 youth will test their wings as they make a budget, determine pecking order, read a feed tag, explore retail products, identify bones, grade carcasses, and select layers, use the Standard of Perfection,       examine an egg and keep poultry healthy. Grades 6-8 completes three activities per year.

 

Poultry 3 youth will be developing leadership skills by planning a judging clinic, managing a flock, exploring careers, processing chickens, conducting poultry games and discussing values and ethics are featured. Grades    9-12 completes three activities per year.

 

Age Classification:

Pullet - Less than a year old on the day of the fair.

Hen - 1 year old or older on day of the fair.

Cockerel-Less than a year old on the day of the fair.

Cock- 1 year old or older on day of the fair. 

*trophy/banner awarded

Division I- Egg Shells

Classification – Selecting and the marketing  of eggs.

Exhibit:  Members will display 6 eggs close in size, shape, and color (exception for colored eggs) in a cardboard container.  1 entry per     section.

Sec. 1 - White Shell Eggs

Sec. 2 - Brown Shell Eggs

Sec. 3- Colored Shell Eggs

 *Sec. 4 – Grand Champion Egg  Shell

Division II – Egg Production

Classification - Feeding and caring for a laying flock for at least 6 months.

Exhibit - 2 hens or pullets of the same breed, size, and laying condition.

Sec. 5 – Two White Egg Pullets

Sec. 6 – Two White Egg Hens

Sec. 7 -Champion White Egg

                                    Production

Sec. 8 – Two Brown Egg Pullets

Sec. 9 – Two Brown Egg Hens

Sec. 10 - Champion Brown Egg

                                      Production

Sec. 11- Two Colored Egg Pullets

Sec. 12- Two Colored Egg Hens

Sec. 13-Champion Colored Egg  Production

 Sec. 14 –Grand Champion Egg Production

Division III – Large Foul Exhibition

Classification – These sections are for the fancier poultry and individuals who are interested in raising poultry according to the standards set for the in the American Standard of Perfection.  The project provides training in the selection, care and raising of, and proper methods of preparing and      showing poultry. 

Exhibit – The bird that represents its’ breed the best.  (Ex. the appropriate coloring, size, feathers, weight, comb, etc.)

Sec. 15 – Pullet

Sec. 16 - Hen

*Sec. 17 – Grand Champion Female

Sec. 18 - Cockerel

Sec. 19 – Cock

*Sec. 20 –Grand Champion Male

*Sec. 21 – Breeding Pen – 1 cock and 1 hen of the same breed, and may not be shown in individual classes.

Division IV – Bantam Exhibition

Classification – These sections are for the fancier poultry and individuals who are interested in raising poultry according to the standards set for the in the American Standard of Perfection.  The project provides training in the selection, care and raising of, and proper methods of preparing and showing   poultry. 

Exhibit – The bird that represents its’ breed the best.  (Ex. the appropriate coloring, size, feathers, weight, comb, etc.)

Sec. 22 – Bantam Pullet

Sec. 23 – Bantam Hen

*Sec. 24 –Grand Champion Female

Sec. 25 – Bantam Cockerel

Sec. 26 – Bantam Cock

*Sec. 27 – Grand Champion Male

*Sec. 28 – Bantam Breeding Pen – 1 cock and 1 hen of the same breed, and may not be shown in individual classes.

Division V – Meat Production

Classification - This project involves the brooding, feeding, and care from day old to market age birds.  It includes the planning of financing and marketing the birds.

 

Exhibit – 2 birds of the same sex, breed, and weight. 

*Sec. 29 – Broilers (Must be Cornish cross and weigh less than 5 ½ lbs.  Approximately 6-8 weeks old)

*Sec. 30 – Roasters (Must be Cornish Cross and weigh 5 ½ to 10 lbs.  Approximately 8-12 weeks old)  

*Sec. 31 – Grand Champion Meat Production

Division VI – Waterfowl

Classification – This project consists of the brooding and raising of ducks or geese from day old to market.  The maintenance of breeding flocks and incubation of eggs will be included also.

Exhibit – One duck or goose per entry. 

Sec. 32 – Young Duck – 1 year or less

  Sec. 33 – Old Duck – Over 1 year

  Sec. 34 – Champion Duck

  Sec. 35 – Young Drake – 1 year or  less

  Sec. 36 – Old Drake – over 1 year

  Sec. 37 – Champion Drake

  *Sec. 38 – Geese

  *Sec. 39 –Grand Champion Waterfowl

Division VII – Pigeons

Classification – Keep accurate records of expenses involved in the project.

Exhibit – One pair of pigeons for exhibition.  Must be domestic (No barn or common pigeons)

Sec. 40 – Hens

Sec. 41 – Cocks

              *Sec. 42 – Champion Pigeon

Division VIII – Guineas

Classification – This project consists of the raising of guineas. 

Exhibit – One guinea per entry

       *Sec. 43 – Guinea

Division IX – Turkey

Classification – This project will consist of raising market production turkeys.  Only a white broad breasted turkey will be sold at the auction.  Turkeys over 45 pounds are not eligible for show.

 Exhibit – One entry per section.

                 Sec. 44- Meat Tom

                 Sec. 45- Meat Hens

                  Sec. 46 – Breeding – One male and female   suited for breeding quality.

                  Sec 47 Exhibition Male Turkey

                  Sec 48 Exhibition Female Turkey

Division X – Any Other Variety

Classification – Any other variety, consisting of pheasants, peafowl, quail, or any species authorized by the Poultry Superintendent before show time.  (Some species may require a state permit before showing in the poultry show.)  Records must be kept for this project.

*Sec. 49 – Other – Please notify and clear with      superintendent several weeks before show.

Division XI – Overall Bird

Classification – The exhibition bird(s) at the fair that best represents the breed.  (No meat production or egg production.  Exhibition chickens, ducks, turkeys, etc.)

*Sec. 50 – Overall bird at the fair.

Division XII- Showmanship

Classification - 4-H members will demonstrate their ability to present clean and healthy birds, along with the techniques of proper display (how to get the birds in and out of cages, shutting the cage door, how to properly hold a chicken).  A knowledge test will also be given testing the 4-Her about basic care, handling, and body parts of a chicken. If a 4-Her wins their showmanship division, they are eligible to advance that year.

*Sec. 51 – Beginner, grades 3-5

*Sec. 52 – Junior, grades 6-8

*Sec. 53 – Senior, grades 9-12

*Sec. 54- Advanced, includes anyone who has won Senior Showmanship.  Winner will advance to the small animal Supreme Showmanship at the County Fair. 

Display Boards for Poultry:

Develop an idea and build it into an attractive display as well as learn the technical aspects of some part of the poultry industry.   Any 4-H poultry project member may exhibit a display board.  Display boards must be 22”x28” displayed horizontally.   Please see the general poster construction for more detailed exhibition requirements.  One display board per level is eligible to be exhibited at the

 

 

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