Welcome to the Green County 4-H Poultry Project Page! These requirements affect ALL 4-H and FFA Poultry Exhibitors, who plan to show at the Green County Fair. Criteria are based on age and housing of all poultry, including waterfowl. If you have poultry currently on your premises and you have bought in new birds from any source, all mature birds will need to be tested by a certified tester in order to be in compliance. If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Andrews at 608.328.9440 or by at email@example.com
Feed and Water Clip-on Dishes for Sale
The Poultry Committee would like to offer 4-H and FFA members the chance to purchase feed/water dishes that will attach to their animals’ cages for the Green County Fair. The hard plastic cups with clips come in the following sizes: 5oz cups for $3.00 (feed for small breed rabbits and small breed chickens), 10oz cups for $3.75 (feed for larger breed rabbits and water for any size rabbit or chicken), and 20oz cups for $5.25 (roaster chickens, ducks, and turkeys). Orders can be turned in to the Extension office along with payment by Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Dishes will be available for pickup at the pre-fair project meetings or at the Green County Fair.
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Certification
Wisconsin has replaced the MAQA program with the YQCA program, a youth education certification program on the issues of animal welfare, food safety and character education.
This certification is required of:
- Green County Fair Animal Exhibitors (Dairy, Beef, Swine, Sheep, Goats, Poultry & Rabbits) – submit the certification number as part of the Green County Fair entry process.
- WI State Fair Junior Animal Exhibitors (Dairy, Beef, Swine, Sheep, Goats, Poultry & Rabbits) – please see the Wisconsin State Fair website for rules on this.
For more information on YQCA, please visit our YQCA page.
Selecting Your Bird
Purebred Fowl – Evaluate your bird by comparing it to the American Standard of Perfection for that breed and variety. Look carefully for any defects or disqualifications. Check the comb, eye color, wings, tail, feet, skin, feather quality, and color. What is the general condition of the bird?
- Additional Resource: Poultry Breed Standards videos – Ohio 4-H Youth development & American Poultry Association – https://ohio4h.org/poultrybreeds
Turkeys and Meat Chickens– Check the condition of the breast. Is the breast bone straight? Are any bruises or blisters present? Breast flesh should be deep and full. Keep pinfeathers to a minimum. Check skin for sunburn. Are drumsticks round and full? Is the bird clean and healthy?
Egg Production– A good layer has a bright face and comb. She has a soft abdomen and a large moist vent. Can you place 2 or 3 fingers between the public bones? Is she clean and in good feather?
- Choose a well-feathered, clean, and tame bird
- Practice putting the bird into the cage and taking it out, head first. Make sure you are holding it correctly.
- Work in identirying as many parts as you can on your bird.
- Know your variety, breed, sex, and class of bird (bantam or large fowl, etc) Example: “I am holding a black Cochin Bantam Pullet…” The breed of my bird is ____; The variety of my bird is _____; The sex of my bird is _____.
- Do you know a poultry disease? It’s cure?
- What is a disqualification or defect that may exist on a bird such as yours?
- What is your bird’s diet made up of?
- Name a poultry parasite. Where do you look for them?
- YOUR ATTITUDE AND APPEARANCE MATTER! Dress in a long-sleeved shirt. Be Positive! Do your best!
- 4-H Poultry Handling and Holding a Chicken – Penn State Extension – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1NtXdXGczQ
- 4-H Poultry Showmanship – Penn State Extension – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsQ8Bb2yw8Y
Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium – Premise ID Registration
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection – DATCP
Wisconsin State 4-H Poultry
Raising Roasters and Broilers – Written by David Laatsch, Ag Ed Teacher (retired) Beaver Dam, WI High School, B.S Poultry Science ’76 M.S., ’85 Agriculture Education U.W. Madison
Poultry Care Video Series by University of Connecticut Extension – https://blog.extension.uconn.edu/2019/04/05/poultry-care-video-series/
Poultry Committee Members
Valerie Johnson, Co-Chair – (608)778-0311, email
Kristi Pulvermacher, Co-Chair – (608)527-2408, email
Tonya Gratz, Secretary
Morgan Pulvermacher, Youth