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Poultry (2021)

May 5, 2021
Poultry 2018


4-H Poultry Department
Judging Time:
Monday, July 26th at 8:30 a.m.
Show area of Poultry barn


RULES: Read pages 23-25 regarding General Animal/Exhibition Rules, Grooming Policy and YQCA policy.
1. Any APA or ABA breed or variety will be allowed to show.
2. All birds entered must be owned, raised, and cared for by the exhibitor. All birds entered (other than meat pen) must be in the exhibitor’s possession prior to May 15 of this year.
3. It is recommended that 4-H birds (other than meat pen) be hatched before March 1st in order to be competitive at our show.
4. Meat Pen entries must be in the exhibitor’s possession no later than June 15th of the current year. One poultry meat pen may be sold at the livestock sale.
5. Each 4-H Poultry exhibitor may exhibit one (1) pair of broilers/roasters (meat pen).
6. All poultry entry forms are due in the Extension office on or before May 15th and must be filled out completely. List only poultry animals on the poultry entry form found in this handbook.
7. All poultry must be checked IN and checked OUT by a Poultry Superintendent Committee member. Poultry may be checked in on Friday, July 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. or Saturday, July 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Birds will be weighed and classified prior to judging. All poultry must remain on exhibit until at 9 pm, Thursday, July 29th.
8. 4-H exhibits must remain on exhibit at the Putnam County Fair until established release time, unless approved by the Superintendent and the 4-H Youth Educator. For any exhibit removed from display prior to the official release time, placings and prizes (ribbons, medals, trophies, etc) will be forfeited. The current year Achievement Program recognition for that project will be forfeited.
9. In order to meet the state health requirements for the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), all poultry, with the exception of Meat Pens and Waterfowl, must be blood tested before they can be exhibited at the Putnam County Fair. Blood testing will be available at check in. All poultry presented for exhibition must meet one of the following requirements:
a.) Test negative for pullorum-typhoid within 90 days prior to the date of exhibition.
b.) Be hatched from eggs originating from certified NPIP pullorum-typhoid clean flocks.
c.) Originate from a flock where the entire flock is certified NPIP pullorum-typhoid clean.
10. No poultry may be exhibited showing signs of an infectious or communicable disease. Any birds developing obvious signs of disease during the fair will be removed from the fairgrounds.
11. Birds are expected to be clean, and must be free of lice and external parasites to be eligible to receive any awards. Dirty birds will be dropped one (1) place, and may be excused from the show at the discretion of the judge or superintendent.
12.Each bird may be exhibited in only one class in any given year.
13. Each 4-H member is allowed to show a maximum maximum of 26 birds.
14. Exhibitors are REQUIRED to be present for judging as valuable information may be gained by listening to the judge. If you are not present your birds won’t be judged.
15. Exhibitors and show observers may not interfere with or influence the decisions of the judge.
16. A modified Danish system of judging will be used. Each exhibit will be graded and awarded a blue, red or white ribbon based on its own merits. Only blue ribbon exhibits may compete for championship awards. Unworthy exhibits will not be awarded a blue ribbon whether there is competition or not, nor shall they award ribbons on entries incorrectly entered or incorrectly named.
17. 4-H birds entered in an incorrect section/class will be judged as entered. Any award earned in an incorrect section/class will be automatically be lowered one (1) placing. 4-H birds incorrectly entered will not be eligible for any championship awards.
18. Coops will be furnished by the fair association and will be pre-assigned based on the exhibitor entry forms. Space limitations may require an exhibitor to have more than one bird per coop.
19. Exhibitors are to feed and water their own birds and are expected to keep their pens and the surrounding areas clean at all times. Sawdust will be available for bedding. Birds in unclean pens will be disqualified.
20. Carrying cages may not remain in or be stored in the poultry building.
21. 4-H animals purchased, sold or offered for sale after the enrollment deadline and prior to the Indiana State Fair (including animals that have gone through a “Premium Only Auction”), shall not be eligible to show in the 4-H show at the Indiana State Fair.
22. Exhibitors may wish to zip tie or lock their own cages while birds are at the fair. While every effort will be made by the barn staff to prevent any problems, the fair/club/barn/Extension staff is not responsible for escaped, lost or stolen birds.
23. Exhibitors are encouraged to legband (or zip tie one leg) to mark their birds to avoid confusion or switching birds while at the fair.

Commercial Classes of Chickens
Commercial classes will be judged with special attention given to growth, development and production qualities. These classes are based on the age of the animal as of the day of show.

White Egg Pullets—2 female birds less than 1 year of age
Brown Egg Pullets—2 female birds less than 1 year of age
Brown Egg Hens—2 female birds more than 1 year of age
White Egg Hens—2 female birds more than 1 year of age
Meat pen—2 birds of the same sex hatched after June 1st
(Ideal weight is 5.5 lbs. each)

***If exhibiting at the Indiana State Fair, review handbook – FFA/ Handbook – for specific weights and classes.

Waterfowl Classes
Judging of the Waterfowl Classes will be according to the APA American Standard of Perfection.

A.) 4-H Waterfowl Duck/ Geese Classes
        Duck/Goose —Young
             -a female bird less than 1 year of age day of show
        Duck/ Goose — Old
             -a female bird 1 year of age or more day of show
        Drake/Gander -- Young
             - a male bird less than 1 year of age day of show
        Drake/Gander — Old
             -a male bird 1 year old or more day of show
B.) 4-H Waterfowl Duck Breed - Class
         Heavy Duck:
            Pekin, Aylesbury, Rouen, Muscovy, Saxony, Appleyard
         Medium Duck:
           Cayuga, Crested, Swedish, Buff
         Light Duck:
           Runner, Campbell, Magpie, Welsh, Harlequin
         Bantam Duck:
           Call, East Indie, Mallard
C.) 4-H Waterfowl Geese Breed—Class
        (geese are carry in only day of show)
           Heavy Geese;
              Toulouse, Embden, African
           Medium Geese:
              Sebastopol, Pilgrim, Buff, Pomeranian
           Light Geese:
              China, Tufted Roman, Canada, Egyptian

Chicken Exhibition Classes
Judging of the Exhibition Classes will be according to the APA American Standard of Perfection. Any APA recognized breed or variety of standard (large) or bantam chicken will be accepted.
4-H Chicken Exhibition Classes
Cock (Exhibition)
-a male bird 1 year old or more day of show
Cockerel (Exhibition)
- a male bird less than 1 year old day of show
Hen ( Exhibition)
-a female bird 1 year old or more day of show
Pullet (Exhibition)
- a female bird less than 1 year old day of show

4-H Standard (Large) Chicken Exhibition Breeds
American, Asiatic, Continental, English, Mediterranean, Miscellaneous-AOSB (All other standard breeds)

4-H Bantam Chicken Exhibition Breeds
Game (GM), Feather Legged (FL), Rose Comb Clean Legged (RCCL), Single Comb Clean Legged (SCCL), All other Comb Clean Legged (AOCCL)
Egg Classes
Six eggs will be displayed in a foam carton. Eggs will be judged for uniformity of size and shape and shell color and interior quality. Eggs will be disposed of by the fair staff. Each 4-H exhibitor may have one entry of six eggs per class for a total of 18 eggs (three (3) cartons).
*Eggs should be displayed “Large End Up” in carton.*

Egg Classes
White Shell Chicken Eggs
Brown Shell Chicken Eggs
All Other Eggs

Turkey & Guineas Classes
Monday, July 26th – Poultry barn

4-H’er may exhibit one entry per class. A single turkey will be an exhibit entry. One turkey may be exhibited in each class for a maximum of four; one (1) - old tom, old hen, young tom, young hen.
The turkey exhibition project can be a commercial or standard breed.
Turkey(s) are to be brought in only for show day. All turkeys must be checked in with the superintendent and penned between 8 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
All turkeys will be required to follow the general / standard poultry rules as indicated in the previous section, unless additional changes are stated.
Categories for turkeys will be as follows: as of show day turkey(s) one (1) year old or older will be judged as old turkeys; turkeys, less than one (1) year will be judged as young birds.
A 4-H’er must be enrolled in the Poultry project to be able to exhibit a turkey. Turkeys will NOT be allowed to sell in the 4-H livestock auction.

Standard Breeds (Turkey)
Bronze, Narragansett, White Holland, Black, Slate, Bourbon Red, Beltsville Small White, Royal Palm, Chocolate Turkey
Commercial Breeds (Turkey)
Giant White & Broad Breasted Bronze

Turkey Classes Section
Tom or Hen —-Old (One {1} Year old or older)
Tom or Hen — Young (Less than one {1} year old

Guinea Class Section
Old Male, Old Female, Young Male, Young Female
*By variety (Example Pearl, Lavender, Slate, Pied, etc.)

All 4-H poultry project members are encouraged to participate in showmanship. Participants will demonstrate their ability to present birds that are clean, healthy, trained and manageable, along with poultry handling skills, general poultry knowledge and techniques of proper display. The winner of each level will receive a plaque. Any 4-H poultry project member may participate in showmanship at the Indiana State Fair. Contact the Poultry Superintendent or County Extension Educator for requirements or the 4-H manual #679, “4-H Poultry Showmanship.”

4-H members who compete in showmanship classes must show their own animal that was exhibited by them in one (1) of the regular Putnam County poultry class.

Junior will be for members in grades 3rd, 4th, or 5th on January 1st of the current year. A Junior may win that division only once, the Junior champion is allowed to show in the Intermediate division. Once an exhibitor is the junior showmanship winner, then he/she is only eligible to compete in intermediate or senior showmanship classes in future years.

Intermediate will be for members in grades 6th, 7th, or 8th year on January 1st of the current year are eligible, including previous junior showmanship winners. Once an exhibitor is the intermediate showmanship winner, then he/she is only eligible to compete in the senior showmanship class in future years.
Senior will be for members grade 9th and above on January 1st of the current year, including previous intermediate showmanship winners.

Poultry Illustrated Talk
Any 4-H poultry project member who would like to do a Poultry Illustrated Talk at the County Fair or the State Fair should contact the Poultry Superintendent or County Extension Educator for requirements. This is an educational contest for any 4-H Poultry project member.
Novice: is for 4-H member in the 3rd or 4th grade on January 1st of the current year.
Junior: is for 4-H member in the 5th or 6th grade on January 1st of the current year.
Intermediate: is for 4-H member in the 7th or 8th grade on January 1st of the current year.
Senior: is for 4-H member in the 9th or 10th grade on January 1st of the current year.
Master: is for 4-H member in the 11th grade or above on January 1st of the current year.
The following details will be useful information for all 4-H participants:
  *Each 4-H poultry illustrated talk should be original and of a practical nature related to some phase of the poultry industry. Elaborate and expensive equipment cannot         be justified.
  *The illustrated talk should last five (5) to seven (7) minutes. Judges will deduct points when the presentation exceeds maximum minutes “allowed”.
  *There will not be a limit on the number of 4-H illustrated talk entries from a given county.
  *Previous winners may compete again, but must select and present a different topic.
  *Additional information on preparing a 4-H illustrated talk is available from the County Extension Office, ask for 4-H 689 (4-H communication activities).

Poultry Poster Exhibit
*Posters will be judged on Tuesday, July 20th*
See Poultry Poster project info in the Exhibit Hall section of the latter half of this handbook page 89.

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