Poultry is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for poultry, waterfowl, turkeys, bantams or pigeons.

Poultry 1
What you can do in this project: identify poultry breeds; learn parts of the bird; learn parts and functions of the egg; learn how to select and handle poultry; fit and show poultry.
Grades: 3-5
Resources: 06363, Scratching the Surface
CIR878, From Egg to Chick
MA, Meat Animal Project Record

Poultry 2
What you can do in this project: observe a healthy flock; select and judge broilers; discover how an egg is formed; prevent poultry diseases; discover how chicks imprint.
Grades: 6-8
Resources: 06364, Testing Your Wings
4H281, Poultry for Fun & Food
A2880, Chicken Breeds & Varieties
MA, Meat Animal Project Record

Poultry 3
What you can do in this project: organize a judging clinic; manage a laying flock; discover qualities of eggs; handle poultry products safely; process a chicken.
Grades: 9-12
Resources: 06365, Flocking Together
MA, Meat Animal Project Record

What you can do in this project: learn about waterfowl breeds and parts; handle waterfowl properly; select and prepare waterfowl for market; incubate and exhibit waterfowl.
Grades: 3-12
Resources: A3311, Raising Waterfowl
MA, Meat Animal Project Record

What you can do in this project: learn about buying poultry; prepare a brooding area; raise range turkeys; feed and water turkeys; identify diseases.
Grades: 3-12
Resources: NCR060, Raising a Small Turkey Flock
MA, Meat Animal Project Record

What you can do in this project: discover bantam breeds and breed characteristics; learn how to get started raising bantams; select and mate bantams; incubate and rear their young; learn to feed and house birds; fit and show bantams.
Grades: 3-12
Resources: NCR209, Bantams
MA, Meat Animal Project Record

What you can do in this project: learn about buying, banding and feeding; understand about proper housing and behavior; learn about grooming and exhibiting.
Grades: 3-12
Resources: 4H135, Pigeons
4H369H, 4-H Pigeon Project Health Supplement

Poultry Leader
Resources: 06366, Poultry Helper’s Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Poultry? Try the links below.

Poultry Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including poultry. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H Area Animal Science Days
Series of four day-long events held around the state where youth in the beef, dairy, horse, sheep and swine projects increase their decision making skills and knowledge of animals through judging and grading experiences. Events include evaluation of dairy cattle, horses and meat animals; dairy showmanship contests; hippology (the study of horses); and oral reasons workshops. In addition, each site offers a variety of workshops for small animal projects, which may include rabbits, poultry, dogs, cats or llamas.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin State Fair
Annual 11-day event held in August at State Fair Park, West Allis, WI. Events include the Avian Quiz Bowl, a contest that tests knowledge of avian anatomy and physiology, poultry management, chicken breeds and varieties, and eggs and egg products. Teams of three or four members compete head-to-head in a game-show format.


Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Poultry Project. Just follow these links!

American Bantam Association
Site with information on bantam chickens and ducks, with many links to bantam chicken services and products.

American Egg Board
AEB’s goal is to improve the demand for shell eggs, egg products, as well as spent fowl throughout the United States.

American Poultry Association
APA promotes the standard-bred poultry industry and encourages poultry shows as “the show window of our industry, an education for both breeders and public, and a means of interesting young future breeders in taking up poultry.”

Bantam Roost
Housing ideas and plans for small flocks of poultry.

Egg Nutrition Center
This site is for egg lovers, egg producers and processors, nutritionists and health care providers, and anyone who wants to learn more about eggs and good nutrition.

National Animal Identification System
Information on how this important new livestock animal identification system is being implemented in Wisconsin.

National Chicken Council
Source of information on chicken nutrition, cooking tips, and current statistics.

National 4-H Curriculum: Embryology in the Classroom
Features classroom hatching projects and classroom experiments in poultry science for elementary and middle school youth.

National Turkey Federation
At this site you’ll find everything you want to know about turkey, from recipe and preparation tips to cooking demonstrations.

Poultry Connection
Site includes a large list of hatcheries.

Poultry Press Newspaper
Poultry Press is a monthly publication for those who raise, show or have an interest in poultry. This site provides articles, merchandise, as well as subscription information.

Poultry Science Club
For UW-Madison students with an interest in poultry. Meetings are held monthly. Activities include trips to Atlanta for the International Poultry Expo (each January) and to St. Paul for the Midwest Poultry Convention (each March).

University of Nebraska, Lincoln County 4-H
Interesting embryology information, including photos and movie clips on incubating and candling eggs.

U. S. Poultry & Egg Association
The Association is the world’s largest poultry organization. It represents the entire industry as an “All Feather” association, including producers and processors of broilers, turkeys, ducks, eggs, and breeding stock, as well as allied companies. The Association sponsors the International Poultry Exposition.

UW-Extension Animal Sciences: Poultry
Site with information on newsletters, resources, events, and links to poultry sites.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Poultry
Guide to links for many poultry-related sites.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.


Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Poultry Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on poultry.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Ron Kean