Poultry, Turkey, and Waterfowl

Description: Youth will learn to care for and show poultry or waterfowl animals.

State Fair Entries: Any member may exhibit, separate entry required. Be sure to follow appropriate deadlines.

Educational Resources

Activity Guidelines

Due Date

Enrollment Requirements

Training, Document and Health Requirements


Complete the project record sheet, and attend appropriate workshops.

All record sheets are due at check in during fair week. An animal quality assurance course (YQCA or Purdue’s Course) must be completed at least one week before fair.

County enrollment forms must be completed and received by the Extension Office by May 15th.

Complete Quality Assurance Course, NPIP-Blood test or from an NPIP Certified Flock, with receipt and county issued enrollment forms.

 All animals are to be entered in appropriate classes in Fair Entry by the published deadline!

Poultry Rules:

  1. All animals must be healthy at the time of entry to the Newton County Fair to be eligible for exhibition. All animals must be identified and meet appropriate State Board of Animal Health requirements before unloading at the Newton County Fairgrounds. If there is a question of animal health or well-being, a veterinarian will be called to inspect the animals or facilities in question. Poultry found to have lice, mites, lice eggs, or mite eggs will be removed from exhibition.
  2. Pre-Entry must be done prior to fair to assure cage space. Superintendents have the right to limit the number of entries per member if cage space is not available. Substitutions will be only allowed for the same class and sex. Notify Superintendent when you check in at the Barn.
  3. Each exhibitor must provide his own feed and water and care for your own exhibit several times daily. Each member is responsible for their own cage padlock. All cages must be cleaned by 9 a.m. daily and as needed throughout the day. Superintendent will contact 4-Hers if cages need to be cleaned. If cages are not maintained and kept clean you may be asked to remove your animals from the barn. This will result in an incomplete in your project and you will not be allowed to auction your animal.
  4. All entries into the Poultry Barn must be recognized in the American Standard of Perfection or Bantam Standards by the American Bantam Association. The only exception will be in the Egg Production Class.
  5. Each exhibitor may enter 4 birds per class. They may only exhibit 1 pair of birds in the entire Egg Market Class. (This will be the auction birds). Auction egg layers must be a dual purpose breed to qualify for the auction. Auction animals will be going to market on the out truck. The Egg Market Class list of birds will be sent out at a later date. The heavy commercial ducks may be auctioned.
  6. Age classification for Poultry and Waterfowl:
  7. Bird less than 1 year old on the day of show-Young Birds(pullets or cockerels)
  8. Bird 1 year old or older on the day of the show-Mature Birds(hens or roosters)
  9. All birds of same sex regardless of age (Hen/Pullet and Cock/Cockerel) will show together in their class.
  10. You must provide proof of NPIP for birds less than 1 year of age. For example: you will need to keep your receipt of purchase from Store/ Hatchery and get the NPIP number at that time. Blood testing will be offered by the Barn and dates will be provided. No Birds will be allowed in the poultry Barn without the NPIP or testing paperwork.
  11. Part of the NPIP program regulates birds exhibited in the state of Indiana. In order to exhibit in Indiana, the birds must come from an NPIP-certified Pullorum-Typhoid clean flock within one year of exhibition or have had a negative Pullorum-Typhoid test within ninety (90) days prior to exhibition.
    1. Egg Market Class will consist of 3 classes of egg layers. The classes are: Brown Eggs, White Eggs, and All other
  12. Colored Eggs. This classes will consist of a pair of birds. Must be 3 or more in each class or classes will be
    1. Any birds entered in the Market Classes may not be shown in any other class.
    2. A poultry Showmanship Class will be held at the completion of Poultry Show. A manual is available upon request from the extension office. Showmanship Classes are divided into the following grades: Novice 3rd to 5th, Junior 6th to 8th, and Advanced 9th to 12th. Should you win your division you will be moved into the next class for Showmanship.
    3. Rooster Crowing Contest will be held during the fair, time and date to be announced. The contest will be done by the rooster owned by a 4-Her.  Only ROOSTERS will be included in the contest.
    4. Showmanship classes will be divided into appropriately sized groups by age. 4-Hers must sign-up with the respective superintendent. When signing up to enter the showmanship contest, the 4-Her must give his/her grade level. The superintendent will determine the break in class size. The winners in each class will show for the Champion Showman Award. (Past winners will re-enter their appropriate age class each year). All participating members must show their own animals.
    5. 4-H exhibitors may receive clipping and grooming assistance from members of their immediate family (father, mother, siblings), legal guardian, grandparents, aunts/uncles, step-mother/step-father, a current Newton County 4-H member,  an approved Newton County 4-H volunteer, and from those individuals enrolled in the Indiana 4-H Approved Animal Grooming Assistance Program.



  • Americans: Plymouth Rocks, Dominiques, Wyandottes, Javas, Rhode Island Reds and Whites, Buckeyes, Chanteclers, Jersey Giants, Lamonas, New Hampshires, Hollands, Delawares
  • Asiatic: Brahmas, Cochins, Langshans
  • English: Dorkings, Redcaps, Cornish, Orpingtons, Sussex, Australorps
  • Mediterranean: Leghorns, Minorcas, Spanish, Andalusians, Anconas, Sicilian Buttercups, Catalanas
  • Continental: (North European): Barnvelders, Hamburgs, Campines, Lakenvelders, Welsummers (Polish): Bearded-Non-Bearded (French): Houdans, Faverolles, Crevecoeurs, LaFleche
  • All Other Standard Breeds: (Games): Modern - Old English (Oriental): Malays, Sumatras, Aseels, Shamos, Yokohamas, Phoenix, and Cubalayas (Miscellaneous): Sultans, Frizzles, Naked Necks, Araucanas,    and Ameraucanas
  • Game Bantam: Modern, Old English
  • Single Comb Clean Legged Other Than Game Bantam: Anconas, Andalusians, Australorps, Catalanas, Campines, Delawares, Dorkings, Dutch Frizzles, Hollands, Japanese, Javas, Jersey Giants, Lakenvelders, Lamonas, Leghorns, Minorcas, Naked Necks, New Hampshires, Orpingtons, Phoenix, Plymouth Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Spanish, Sussex, Welsummers
  • Rose Comb Clean Legged Bantam: Anconas, Belgium Bearded d’Anvers, Dorkings, Dominiques, Hamburgs, Leghorns, Minorcas, Redcaps, Rhode Island Reds and Whites, Rosecombs, Sebrights, Wyandottes
  • All Other Combs, Clean Legged Bantams: Ameraucana, Araucanas, Buckeyes, Chanteclers, Cornish, Crevecoeurs, Cubalayas, Houdans, LaFleche, Malays, Polish, Shamos, Sicilian Buttercups, Sumatras, Yokohamas
  • Feather Legged Bantam: Booted, Belgian Bearded d’Uccle, Brahmas, Cochins, Faverolles, Frizzles, Langshans, Silkies, Sultans





A member may exhibit a total of 24 birds, which results in 4 birds per class of ANY sex. Superintendent has the right to limit cage space.

Classes: American, English, Continental, Asiatic, Mediterranean, and all other breeds.



A member may exhibit a total of 20 birds, which results in 4 birds per class of ANY sex. Superintendent has the right to limit cage space.

Classes: Game, Single Comb Clean Legged, Rose Comb Clean Legged, Feather Legged, and All Other Clean Combed.



A member may exhibit a total of 4 turkeys of any age or sex. No crossbreeds may be shown. All ages will be shown together. Cage space may be limited due to limited number of cages.

There will be one trophy for all turkeys.

Breeds:  Bronze, Narragansett, White Holland, Black, Slate, Bourbon Red, Beltsville Small White, Royal Palm




A member may exhibit a total of 4 ducks (any sex or age) per weight class for a maximum of 16 ducks. All ages will show together per weight class. Superintendent has the right to limit the number of entries per member due to cage space.

Waterfowl will be judged for a Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Waterfowl. 

Weight classes: Bantam, Light, medium, and Heavy Commercial. The Heavy Commercial will be allowed to auction.



A member may exhibit a total of 4 geese (any sex or age) per weight class for a maximum of 12 geese. All ages will show together per weight class. Cage space may be limited due to limited number of cages.

Weight classes: Light, Medium, and Heavy



A member my exhibit eggs for judging. All eggs must be clean and in an egg carton cut to hold 4 eggs. Members may show one set of four eggs in white egg class, brown egg class or all other color egg class. Must have three or more entries per class or classes may be combined. Eggs must be checked in the day of show by 8 a.m. Eggs will

be disposed of by Poultry Superintendent after judging.


NO CROSSBREEDS MAY BE EXHIBITED – All ducks will be shown by breed.


If you incur a loss of animals in your project you may still complete with a poster. Cage request, poultry question, and livestock record sheet will still need to be turned in on time for completion.


POULTRY POSTERS: Members may exhibit educational poster in addition to or in place of live animal. See Animal Education Project guidelines. The posters should be submitted to the 4-H Office before or on the day of the animal education judging.