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4-H Poultry Project

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The poultry project teaches fundamental production methods of the poultry industry. The poultry project allows youth to explore the areas of animal husbandry, livestock selection and evaluation, health management and meat science. Poultry projects include the exhibition poultry (breeding and raising birds for specific characteristics and egg production).

With this project, youth will get to…
• Raise chickens starting from chicks
• Participate in educational workshops
• Show their poultry at the show
• Complete a project record book

Participants will learn everything from late brooding to egg development and bird anatomy. Participants should be ages 5-18 and enrolled in Northampton County 4-H. Three workshops will be held throughout the project to learn more about poultry and showmanship skills.

If you want chicks we need to know by September 9th so please register as soon as possible. Workshops will be held at the Jackson Extension office at 6 p.m. on September 22, October 20, and November 10. The show will take place in Jackson at the Farmers Market on December 10

Registration: Closes September 9th at 5 p.m.

Project Runs through
September 22, 2022 – December 10, 2022

Poultry Show: December 10, 2022

Cost: to Participate
Dependent on number of birds requested

Expectation: Participants must attend 2 of the 3 workshops to show in the show. Must be enrolled in 4-H online, and register for divisions on Eventbrite.

You may register online HERE. Poultry Show Rules and Regulations and timeline of the poultry project.

This years classes are as follows….

There will be 11 divisions for competition this year.

Division 01: Layers

  • Barred rock, Rhode island red, Ameraucanas, Wyandotte, Brahma, Orpingtons, Marans

Division 02: Pullet

  • Under 1 year old bird
  • Participant can sign up to receive female chicks of egg-laying breeds. You will get your Chicks from the Extension office.

Division 03: Roosters

Division 04: Ornamentals

  • Polish, Silkies, Frizzles, Houdans, Turken, Cochin

Division 05: Bantams

  • Cochin, Buff Brahma, Mille Fleur, Silkies, Porcelain

Division 06: Waterfowl

  • Duck, Geese

Division 07: Game birds

  • Pheasants, Dove, Quail

Division 08: Turkeys

Division 09:Eggs

  • Dozen eggs must be in egg carton

Division 10: Rookie-This division is for youth with an interest in the project, but are unable to house birds on their own

Division 11: Showmanship (All youth participate in this division.) Age as of January 1, 2022

  • Little Britches (under 5)
  • Cloverbud (5-7)
  • Junior (8-10)
  • Intermediate (11-13)
  • Senior (14-18)

***Little Britches- Participants under the age of 5 will participate in the project and receive a ribbon for participation. This is for non 4-H ages youth to get their feet wet in the 4-H Program.

*** Extension professionals reserve the right to  adjust  division placements as seen fit.

Rules and Regulations:

  1. All Participant will present their birds (limit 5) in their class division at the Northampton County 4-H Poultry Show on December 10th at the Jackson Farmers Market.
  2. All participants will show in the Showmanship Divisions divided according to 4-H ages of January 1 2022. Little Britches (4 and under), Cloverbuds (5-7), Juniors (8-10), Intermediates (11-13), and Seniors (14-18).
  3. A 4-H Poultry Record Book must be completed and turned in. Record books are due December 12th to successfully complete the project.
  4. All decisions by the judge are final. Direct criticism or interference with the judge, show or livestock show management, other exhibitors, breed representatives, or show officials before, during, or after the competitive event is prohibited. In the furtherance of their official duty, all judges, show, and livestock show management, or other show officials shall be treated with courtesy, cooperation and respect and no person shall direct abusive or threatening conduct toward them. Potential disqualification from future events after review is possible.
  5. Entry fees are dependent on the number of birds requested. Entry deadline is September 9, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. to the Northampton County Extension office.

Project Runs through
September 22, 2022 – December 10, 2022
Cost: to Participate
Dependent on number of birds requested

4-H Online enrollment

You may register online HERE. Poultry Show Rules and Regulations and timeline of the poultry project. Should there be any questions, contact Sara Villwock ( or Brandon Pike ( or call the office at 252-534-2711.

Project Record Books

Other Poultry activities offered….

Avian Bowl?  It is a team quiz event that tests participants’ knowledge of a wide range of avian topics (think chicken quiz bowl!)

Poultry Judging? It is an event that allows participants to show off their mastery of poultry knowledge by examining hens, poultry cuts, and eggs.