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Explore the poultry industry, including turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese, pheasants, guinea hens, pigeons or quail. Learn about species and breeds, eggs, feather features, health, feeding, handling, washing, managing a flock, ethics, showing and careers. New to 4-H? Get involved in the Poultry Project!

Important project information for enrolled members

Boy in cowboy hat with rooster

What you can do

Level 1: Poultry 1 - Scratching the Surface

Learn about poultry parts, breeds, cost of raising poultry and how to care for your poultry.

Level 2: Poultry 2 - Testing your Wings

Develop a poultry budget, explore retail poultry products, judge poultry and learn about poultry careers.

Level 3: Poultry 3 - Flocking Together

Explore egg experiments or processing a chicken. Determine inheritance in chickens and how to manage a small flock.

All levels:

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Free curriculum from Utah State 4-H. Registration is required for download access.

Important project information for enrolled members

Record keeping & evaluation

For adult leaders


Be a youth livestock committee member

Three youth project members will be selected for 1 year terms to help plan and organize the State Fair 4-H Poultry Project experience. Members must have extensive Poultry project and leadership experience. Applicants must be 9th grade or older, eligible for next year's 4-H, currently enrolled in poultry project, previously exhibited at MN State Fair and complete this application - PDF - fillable version


New to 4-H? Get involved in the Poultry Project!

Sharon Davis, program director, science of animals

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