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4H Poultry Project Purdue Education

Source and more information: https://extension.purdue.edu/Lake/article/19002

4-H Poultry Project
Source and more information: https://extension.purdue.edu/Lake/article/19002

 

 Jennifer D Haynes

 

 January 4, 2019

Poultry

The 4-H Poultry Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their birds. Subjects such as such as general care, nutrition housing, and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and activities such as poultry judging, and in preparation of an exhibit. Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Poultry Project.

Level 1 (Grades 3–5)

Level 2 (Grades 6–8)

Level 3 (Grades 9–12) 

Resources

State 4-H Poultry Website

Poultry 1: Scratching the Surface (Grades 3–5)

Poultry 2: Testing Your Wings (Grades 6–8)

Poultry 3: Flocking Together (Grades 9–12)

***Manuals can be purchased at the Education Store or the Lake County Extension office

RECORD SHEETS can be found at the state website through the link above

SCORECARDS can be found at the state website through the link above

National Poultry Judging Manual

Bantams

T-12 Flyer with Form

12 Blood TestingOn-Line Course Announcement

12 IN Poultry Blood Testing School Announcement

General Exhibit Requirements

Manual Required (3 Activities)

  1. All 4-H poultry to be exhibited must be listed on the Livestock Entry Form for the fair due July 1. No exceptions.
  2. Poultry educational options exhibits are due at Poultry Check-in.
  3. The Indiana Code requires all poultry except waterfowl to originate from NPIP approved flocks, or to be tested and certified pullorum free within 90 days of 4-H Poultry Show. No poultry will be entered without a copy of VS Form 9-2, Flock Selecting and Test Report.
  4. All exhibitors in the poultry project are to work as a host or helper for a two-hour shift during the fair. Sign up for available shift at time of check in.
  5. Feed and water will be provided by the Poultry Department. Exhibitor has the option of supplying his own feed. Exhibitor will, however, assume responsibility for feeding his own birds. No one is to use Poultry Department-provided feed unless working his/her 2-hour shift.
  6. No birds will be removed from cages without the permission of the superintendents.
  7. A 4-H member may exhibit one pair of birds in each class --two pens of Bantams, two pens of Standard Fancy, and two pens of Bantam Duck, two pens of exotic other young, two pens of exotic other mature
  8. At the superintendents' discretion, 4-H members' flocks will be checked after the May 1 deadline. All poultry are to be owned and being cared for by the 4-H member by May 1—except live broilers, live roasters, heavy market duck, and Exotic young birds to be owned by later dates.
  9. Any birds showing signs of disease, illness or parasite infestation may be removed from the poultry show.
  10. Poultry members must be present for judging.
  11. The Poultry Logbook is one record including all Poultry data and Activity Book. Activity Book must be complete before member can exhibit in 4-H Poultry show. Activity and Logbook must be turned in to office by July 1st.
  12. Anyone selling birds in the 4-H Livestock Auction must show in three non-Auction classes. These three classes can be in any combination of live, poster or action demonstration at Fair. It is safer if exhibit is removed for processing or isolated for two weeks before returning to the home flock.
  13. All market poultry sold through auction must be processed at a state-inspected facility. Dressed Broiler and Dressed Rooster classes sold at auction must be processed at a state-inspected facility with an inspector on premises. They must be packaged in a sealed bag and unopened for judging or before sold.
  14. All 4-H members selling poultry in auction must be present for sale when their birds are selling or their birds will be pulled from the sale. Another 4-H member may substitute in an emergency OK’d by the superintendent.
  15. Exhibits not called for after schedule release time will be disposed of at the discretion of the superintendent. Please be prompt in removing exhibits. Birds must be signed out with Superintendent for release.
  16. Poultry member may show any species of poultry for Showmanship, but it must be brought to the table.
  17. Poultry showmanship activity sign-ups are at time of check-in. All poultry members are pre-registered but must verify their participation. All non-poultry members must register between 8:00 and 8:30 am, Friday morning before judging starts.
  18. Master Showmanship is offered.

Educational Options (due at Poultry Check-in):

  1. Class 1 Poultry Educational Display - Develop an idea and build it into an attractive display, as well as learning the technical aspect of some part of the poultry industry. Poultry Educational Displays must occupy a space no larger than 30" deep x 48" wide x 72" high. Live exhibit optional.
  2. Class 2 Poultry Barbecue Poster - Show some aspect of poultry barbecuing. See 4-H Chicken BBQ manual for more information.
  3. Class 3 Exotic Fowl Educational Poster - Show some aspect of exotic fowl, e.g. migratory routes of ducks or geese, detailed information on an 60 individual species, conservation measures concerning wild game, or other wild game related subject. Live exhibit optional.

Production/Breeding

  1. Champion and Reserve Champion will be awarded in each class.
  2. Grand and Reserve Grand Champion egg production will be selected from Champions in Classes 1-4.
  3. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Birds will be selected from Champions in Classes 5-8.
  4. Grand Champion Breeding will be awarded.
  5. Only recognized commercial breeds, crosses and hybrids may be shown in Classes 1-9.

Class 1 Pullets – White egg layers--two pullets of one breed (egg-meat type) that lay white shelled eggs and hatched between January 1 and April 1.

Class 2 Pullets – Colored egg layers--two pullets of one breed (egg-meat type) that lay colored shelled eggs, hatched between January 1 and April 1.

Class 3 Layers – White egg layers--two hens of one breed (egg-meat type) that lay white shelled eggs, in laying condition and hatched before January 1.

Class 4 Layers – Colored egg layers--two hens of one breed (egg-meat type) that lay colored shelled eggs, in laying condition, and hatched before January 1.

Class 5 Breeding Flock -- one hen in laying condition and one cock bird of the same breed and hatched before January 1 (egg-meat type).

Class 6 Mature Turkeys -- two mature birds of the same breed, one male and one female, and hatched before January 1. Must be a breed listed in the "American Standard of Perfection".

Class 7 Mature Heavy Ducks -- two mature birds of the same breed, one male and one female, hatched before January 1. The breeds include Aylesbury, Muscovy, Pekin and Rouen.

Class 8 Mature Geese- two mature birds of the same breed, one male and one female, hatched before January 1.

Class 9 Mature Guinea Fowl- two mature birds of the same breed, one male and one female, hatched before January 1.

Market Pens

  1. Champion and Reserve Champion will be awarded in each class.
  2. Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Market Chicken will be selected from the Champions in Classes 1-4 only.
  3. Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Other Market Bird will be selected from the champions in classes 5-7.
  4. The birds in this section will be judged for market quality. Birds shown in classes 1 through 5 must meet weight requirements. If they do not meet these requirements, they cannot receive a Champion or Reserve Champion or Honor. As long as they receive an A in judging they may still sell in the auction.
  5. All birds will be weighed at time of check in.
  6. Poultry dust must not be applied to market birds later than ten days prior to processing or as labeled.
  7. All market poultry sold through auction must be processed at a State-inspected facility.
  8. All 4-H members selling poultry in auction must be present for sale when their birds are selling or their birds will be pulled from the sale. Another 4-H member may substitute in an emergency OK’d by the superintendent.

Class 1 Live Broilers - two birds of the same sex and breed, weighing between 3 lbs. and 6 lbs.

Class 2 Live Roasters - two birds of the same sex and breed, weighing over 6 lbs.

Class 3 Dressed Broilers - whole, dressed, and solidly-frozen birds, including giblets, weighing between 2 & 5 lbs., packaged in transparent sealed bags. Label each bird with name tag. Check in for dressed broilers will be 8:15 a.m. Please bring in coolers packed with ice. Pick up immediately after judging.

Class 4 Dressed Roasters - two whole, dressed, and solidly-frozen birds, including giblets, weighing over 5lbs., packaged in transparent sealed bags. Label each bird with name tag. Check in for dressed roasters will be 8:15 am. Please bring in coolers packed with ice. Pick up immediately after judging.

Class 5 Market Turkey - two young birds of the same breed, two toms or two hens, hatched after January 1. The exhibit must be a recognized turkey breed and weigh at least 16 lbs.

Class 6 Heavy Market Duck - two young birds of the same breed, two birds of the same sex, hatched between February 1 and June 1. Breeds include Aylesbury, Muscovy, Pekin and Rouen.

Class 7 Geese - two young geese of the same breed, same sex, hatched after January 1.

Exhibition Classes

  1. A Champion and a Reserve Champion will be awarded in each class.
  2. A Grand Champion and a Reserve Grand Champion will be selected from the Champions in the Exhibition Chicken. A Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will be selected from the Champions in the Exhibition Duck. Exhibition Chickens: The birds in this section, Classes 1-5, will be judged by the "American Standard of Perfection" authorized by American Poultry Association.

Class 1 Bantam-two mature birds of the same breed, one hen and one cock bird, hatched before January 1. Each member may exhibit two pens in this class, but each pen must be of a different variety.

Class 2 Standard Fancy - two mature birds of the same breed, one hen and one cock bird, hatched before January 1. Each member may exhibit two pens in this class, but each pen must be of a different variety. Exhibition Ducks: (Note: Standard Mallards are considered wild game.)

Class 3 Bantam Ducks -two mature birds of the same breed, one male and one female, hatched before January 1. The breeds include Calls, East India and Mallard. Member may exhibit two pens in this class, but each pen must be of a different breed or variety.

Class 4 Light Ducks -two mature birds of the same breed, one male and one female, hatched before Jan. 1. The breeds include Campbell, Magpie, and Runner.

Class 5 Medium Ducks -two mature ducks of the same breed, one male and one female, hatched before January 1. The breeds include Buff, Cayuga, Crested and Swedish.

Exotic Fowl

  1. Champion and Reserve Champion ribbons will be awarded in each class. A Grand Champion and a Reserve Grand Champion will be selected from Champions.
  2. This project is intended for wild game fowl, or other fowl not covered in the standard poultry or waterfowl projects. No pigeons.
  3. Birds must be purebred; no crossbreeds.
  4. All exhibits in this class will compete with each other regardless of breed. They will be judged on quality and breed characteristics. Clipped flights or pinioned wing shall not handicap the specimen.
  5. A member may show two pens in each class, but each pen must be a different breed or variety.
  6. For any exhibits that require special cages or feed (other than the standard cages and feed used in the Poultry Department), the 4-H member must contact the 4-H Poultry Superintendent and make arrangements for the member to provide own cage and/or food.
  7. For a list of wild game or other fowl see Poultry Superintendent.
  8. 4-H members exhibiting Exotic Other Fowl must be sure to obtain necessary State and/or Federal 
    permits to raise and exhibit exotic birds. Check with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
    for additional information.
  9. Birds are to be owned and cared for by the 4-H member by May 1st, except young birds, by July 1st.

Class 1 Young - two young birds of the same breed of either sex, hatched between January 1 and July 1.

Class 2 Mature - two mature birds of the same breed, one male and one female, hatched before January 1.

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors:

  • Barb Aiken
  • Crown Feed & Supply, Inc.
  • Hanover Haymakers 4-H Club
  • Hulsey Electric
  • In Memory of Joyce Schroeder
  • In Memory of Michael McCormick 
  • Jean Hulsey & Family
  • Keith Schroeder & Carol Wilson
  • Lake County Farm Bureau, Inc.
  • Mark Sepko Family
  • Meltzer's Fantasy Farm
  • Saddle & Spurs 4-H Club
  • Scheeringa Farms & Greenhouses
  • The Brittingham Family

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