A 4-H Pigeon record sheet, completely filled out, and with 4-H member, parents and 4-H Leader signatures, MUST BE TURNED INTO THE EXTENSION OFFICE ON OR BEFORE JUNE 29, 2020, 4:00 PM. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING.
1. All birds are to be raised by the 4-H Club member, and owned by May 15th of the current year. Birds possibly coming to the Fair MUST be ID’ed, via paper enrollment form by May 15 of current year. The final list will be submitted on FairEntry, based solely upon the May 15th list, by June 22, 2020, by the member. Members may delete birds after June 222, 2020, but cannot add birds after that date. Members must bring their Flock Addition/Removal records to check in.
2. Exhibitors must feed, water, and care for their own birds daily. Exhibitors must furnish their own feed at the fair. All Pigeon members are responsible to keep the barn clean and inviting for visitors to walk through. No supplies are to be stored on or below cages. The following rules will be enforced:
All pens, including bottom pens and ground pens must be cleaned by 7:00 PM each night.
1. Poultry Committee members will check each pen for the following:
I. Clean and dry shavings.
II. The animal has feed and water.
III. Tack areas are kept organized.
3. All exhibits will be ranked on the Danish system: Blue, Red, and White ribbon quality.
4. Exhibitors should be present for judging and auction of their own birds. Check with superintendent by day of show/auction. Any member not present for judging without the approval of the Superintendent, forfeits the judging of the exhibit. All members will be expected to wear blue jeans (unless over 100°, then finger tip length shorts will be allowed), and a plain white shirt on day of show.
5. All birds to be exhibited must meet State Health requirements. Birds showing parasites such as lice or leg mites or other health problems will not be permitted to show or stay in the barn. See General Health Requirements in front of your Handbook.
6. All Pigeons MUST BE REMOVED from the Fairgrounds the night before the auction between 4:00 and 8:00 PM, unless otherwise posted in the barn by the 4-H Poultry Committee. They must be checked out by the 4-H Poultry Committee.
7. $1 per coop charge, plus a $5 deposit per family (if showing Poultry, no separate family deposit is necessary) for building watch and clean up, refundable when barn is cleaned, between 4 PM and 6 PM, on release day only.
8. All Pigeons will be checked in Saturday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
9. No parent conferences with the judge will be permitted until after the show. Failure to do so will result in member being knocked down 1 placing.
10. The Poultry Committee is not responsible for any birds that may escape during the judging or Fair week.
11. When you enroll in the 4-H Pigeon project you should know a little about your pigeons. Such as what breed of pigeon you have (ex: Roller, Fantail, Tumbler, etc.) Try to avoid crossbreeds if possible. There is no set standard for crossbreeds. Therefore the beginner would have a difficult time in determining if the bird is show or breeding quality.
The next step is to know what class your breed is in. 4-H rules break the various breeds into three classes --Fancy, Sporting, and Utility. They further define the classes as follows:
1. Fancy Breeds --Tumblers, Fantails, Jacobin, Modena, Turbits, Owls, English Pouters, Trumpeters, Nuns, Show Racers and other Fancy breeds not named.
2. Sporting Breeds --Racing Homers, Birmingham Rollers and other Sporting breeds not named.
3. Utility Breeds --American Giants, Kings, Runts and other Utility Breeds not named.
All birds must have a seamless leg band on with an identification number. Young/yearling class birds must have a 2020 seamless leg band of the correct size. Pigeons without proper leg bands may be shown, but no placing will be given.
Members may show twelve (12) birds, no more than four (4) birds in the same class. These 4 birds shall be 1 young hen, 1 old hen, 1 young cock, 1 old cock. Young is less than 1 year of age; old is over 1 year of age.
A Champion and Reserve Champion will be named in each subgroup. The Champion of each subgroup will be judged for Grand Champion Standard Pigeon and Reserve Grand Champion Standard Pigeon.
Reference the Poultry Exhibition Show information for Pigeon show time.
Exhibit: Develop an idea and build it into an attractive poster about some aspect of the pigeon industry. (See Poster Constructions rules on page 24 of your Handbook.)
Suggestions for poster topics are: parts of a pigeon, breeds of pigeons, care and housing, nutrition, diseases of pigeons, bands and banding, classes and varieties, flock management, parasites and control, hatching and rearing, squab marketing, handling pigeons, training for show, preparing birds for showing.