About the 4-H Poultry Project

Learn all about how to raise and manage a small flock of birds! Your birds can be chickens, turkeys, ducks, guineas, pigeons, or any other waterfowl or game birds. Learn about general care, nutrition, housing, health care, and more.


Contact the Marion County 4-H office:


Poultry Project Resources

You can learn more about how to raise and care for your birds by completing one of the project activity guides, based on your skill level:

Project manuals may also be available to purchase at the Marion County Extension office, and older editions of manuals (if available) are free. Contact us to ask about availability!

Use an Egg & Flock Record Sheet to keep track of your birds and what you learn.

Other resources:

Showcasing What You’ve Learned

You may enter one or more birds that you have fed and cared for in the Marion County Poultry Show at the annual Marion County 4-H Showcase.

You can also enter a poster or notebook highlighting what you have learned through our Animal Education project.

Exhibit Guidelines

Score Cards

Advancing to the State Fair

Cloverbuds (Grades K-2)


  • Enter a poster, notebook, or presentation and/or participate in showmanship with a stuffed model. A reference list must be included with your poster or notebook.
  • Due to liability issues with handling live animals, you may not enter/show live animals.
  • Cloverbud projects are for exhibition only (not judged), so there are no score cards, and exhibits are not eligible to advance to the State Fair.

More Poultry Project Resources