Poultry is designed to help you learn about chickens and other poultry. Through this project, you will acquire an understanding of scientific poultry management and marketing practices. You will also gain business experience and insight into the values and principles of purchasing, marketing, financial record keeping and obtaining credit. In addition, this project will help you understand the poultry industry and its role in agriculture and the economy.

Poultry, Level 1

Through the activities in this level, you will learn about poultry and egg parts, breeds, costs to raise poultry, how to prepare for chicks, how to care for and handle your birds, how to select pullets, showing poultry and more. You’ll also be learning about yourself, too. Through your work in this level, you will learn how to speak to groups, work with other people, make decisions, take risks, plan, organize and be responsible.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

This level may take up to three years to complete. You must complete a minimum of seven activities and three learning experiences each year to complete this project.

MATERIALS

M Scratching the Surface, BU6363, $6.00
L Poultry Helper’s Guide, BU6366, $6.00

Poultry, Level 2

This level offers you new challenges and opportunities to explore a wide range of activities. You’ll learn about egg production, the skeletal structure of birds, pecking orders, and how to: select and judge broilers, recognize a healthy flock, prevent diseases of poultry flocks, select breeding pens, read a feed tag, make an egg Candler and build a budget.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

This level may take up to three years to complete. You must complete a minimum of seven activities and three learning experiences each year to complete this project.

MATERIALS

M Testing Your Wings, BU6364, $6.00
L Poultry Helper’s Guide, BU6366, $6.00

Poultry, Level 3

Learn about how to organize a judging clinic, how to manage a laying flock, how genetics influence poultry characteristics,
how to handle poultry products safely, how to process chickens for food, about advances in biotechnology and careers in the poultry industry.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

This level may take up to three years to complete. You must complete a minimum of seven activities and three learning experiences each year to complete this project.

MATERIALS

M Flocking Together, BU6365, $6.00
LPoultry Helper’s Guide, BU6366, $6.00

ADDITIONAL PROJECT MATERIALS

M 4-H Poultry Production: Raising Pullets, OH151, $8.00
M 4-H Poultry Production: Raising Broilers, OH152, $8.00
M Poultry Feed Sheet, 2FM093, 4-H website
S National Poultry Judging, 4H460, $7.50
S Beginner’s Guide to Raising and Showing Chickens, DVD-3, $16.00
M 4-H Poultry Fitting & Showmanship, 4HDL01, download only, Extension online store
Poultry Independent Study 
Poultry Helper’s Guide, BU6366, $6.00 Guide youth by using this book to lead 15 learn-by-doing group activities