Department K
POULTRY
Division: Poultry

Project Rules

1. Exhibitors are allowed 6 entries in breeding and 6 entries in market.

 

2. Birds entered as singles will not be allowed to compete in pairs/trios and vice versa.

 

3. All market poultry must be hatched in current 4-H year. Breeding poultry may be hatched in previous years.

 

4. Where there is no competition between exhibitors in any class, only one premium will be awarded. The judge shall determine the premium awarded.

 

5. Exhibitors must be present for judging.

 

6. Chickens and ducks will be divided into breeding and market.

 

7. No glass jars will be allowed in cages. Water and feeders must be secured.

 

8. Only meat production chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks will have the opportunity to sell at the Junior Livestock Auction.

 

9. Weight requirements to sell: (all birds must meet single weight requirements, even if they are being shown as part of a pen or pair)

        a. Market Chickens: Singles 4.5-12 lbs, Pen of Three 13.5-36 lbs per pen

        b. Market Ducks: Singles 6-12 lbs, Pairs 12-24 lbs per pen

        c. Turkeys: Singles 16-30 lbs, Pairs 32-60 lbs per pen

        d. Geese: Singles 10-20 lbs, Pairs 20-40 lbs per pen

 

10. All market poultry must be identified with permanent leg bands by second Friday of July.

 

600-Jr. Showmanship

601-Int. Showmanship

602-Sr. Showmanship

 

Division: Chickens

1. All chickens should come from an NPIP flock or hatchery.

 

2. Recommended breeds include Cornish Rock Cross, Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Reds and New Hampshires for meat chickens.

 

3. All market chickens must be hatched in current 4-H year.

 

4. Fryers are 4.5 to 6 pounds in weight. Roasters are 6.1 to 12 pounds in weight.

 

5. A pen of three can be single or mixed genders but must be the same breed and variety.

 

6. A young trio consists of one cockerel and two pullets of the same breed and variety, except for the egg production class which will be three pullets of the same breed and variety. Only pullets are allowed in the egg production trio class.

 

7. The judge will determine sale eligibility. Any chickens deemed not market ready will be recorded as white quality and disqualified from the Junior Livestock Auction.

 

8. Birds in the under or overweight classes can show, but will not be eligible for sale.

 

Market Classes Fryers Roasters Pen of Three
Cornish 1 2 3
Other Market Breeds 4 5 6
Underweight 7 8 9
Overweight 10 11 12

 

Breeding Classes: Cockerels Pullets Young Trio
Egg Production   20 30
Dual Purpose 15 22 32
Standard Lights 16 23 33
Standard Heavy 17 24 34
Feather-legged Bantams 18 25 35
Clean-legged Bantams 19 26 36

Divisions and classes can be added or removed by superintendents depending on numbers.

 

Division: Market Turkeys

Project Rules

1. All turkeys should be commercial meat varieties.

 

2. Turkeys must be hatched in current 4-H year.

 

3. A pair can be two toms, two hens or a tom and a hen but must be the same breed and variety.

 

4. Marketing condition and quality will be the emphasis of turkey classes. The judge will determine sale eligibility. Any turkeys not deemed market ready will be recorded as white quality and disqualified from the Junior Livestock Auction.

 

5. Birds in the under or overweight classes can show, but will not be eligible for sale.

 

Classes:

Single Turkey  -  50 Underweight (any)   - 53
Turkey Pair    -   51 Overweight (any)   -  54

Divisions and classes can be added or removed by superintendents depending on numbers.

 

Division: Ducks

1. Recommended breeds for market ducks include: Pekins, Muscovies, Aylesburies and Rouens. Meat ducks should be age appropriate to the finishing ability of the breed. All breeds should follow the recommended finishing period for that breed. (Breed standards for Pekins and Aylesburies 10 weeks or younger, Rouens 15 weeks or younger, and Muscovies 16 weeks or under.) Ducks must be hatched in current 4-H year.

 

2. A market pair can be two ducks, two drakes, or one duck and one drake but must be the same breed and variety.

 

3. Judge will determine sale eligibility. Any ducks not deemed market ready for sale will be recorded as white quality and disqualified from the Junior Livestock Auction.

 

4. Birds in the under or overweight class can show, but will not be eligible for sale.

 

5. A breeding pair must be one male and one female

Market Classes:      
Single Duck 80   Underweight (any) 83
Duck Pair 81   Overweight (any) 84
Breeding Classes Duck Drake Pair
Heavy 85 86 87
Medium 88 89 90
Light 91 92 93
Bantam 94 95 96

Divisions and classes can be added or removed by superintendents depending on numbers.

 

Division: Geese

1. All geese should be commercial meat varieties.

 

2. Geese must be hatched in current 4-H year.

 

3. A pair can be two geese, two ganders or a goose and a gander but must be the same breed and variety.

 

4. Marketing condition and quality will be the emphasis of geese classes. The judge will determine sale eligibility. Any geese not deemed market ready will be recorded as white quality and disqualified from the Junior Livestock Auction.

 

5. Birds in the under or overweight class can show, but will not be eligible for sale.

Classes:  
Single Goose    40 Underweight (any)    43
Geese Pair       41 Overweight (any)      44

Divisions and classes can be added or removed by superintendents depending on numbers.

 

Division: Miscellaneous Poultry
(Guineas, peacocks, etc.)

Classes:

86-Male                 87-Female                       88-Pair

 

Awards

Grand Champion Production – Sterling Trophy Shop

Res. Grand Champion Production – Mike and Laural Brownell

Grand Champion Non Production – Johnson and Assoc.

Res. Grand Champion Non Production – Lambert Farms