Poultry

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 ellen.andrews@ces.uwex.edu


Upcoming Meetings:

2/16/2017 Poultry Committee Meeting minutes

Upcoming Events:

Poultry Workshop – Preparing for Fair
June 22, 2017
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Green County Fairgrounds
Topics to be discussed will be:

  • Washing birds before fair
  • Checking in at fair
  • Feeding and watering during fair
  • Pens and cages at the fairgrounds
  • Bedding
  • What to bring when ready to take birds home after fair
  • Auctioning poultry
    • Paperwork
    • When birds need to be dressed and delivered

 

Feed and Water Clip-on Dishes for Sale!

Poultry Dish Order Form

The Rabbit and Poultry Committees 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 $2.50 (perfect for feed for small breed rabbits and small breed chickens)
10oz cups for $3 (perfect for feed for larger breed rabbits and water for any size rabbit or chicken)
20oz cups for $4.50 (work well for roaster chickens, ducks, and turkeys).

Orders can be turned in to the Extension office along with payment by Thursday, June 1, 2017. Dishes will be available for pickup at the pre-fair project meetings or at the Green County Fair when you check your animals in.


2017 Poultry Mailing Materials – mailed to 4-H poultry families and FFA advisors on 5/10/17

2017 Poultry Letter
Wisconsin Associate Flock Enrollment Application
4-H Poultry Workshop reminder slip
(See above for Poultry Feed/Water Clip-on Dish order form)


2017 Green County Fair Updates 

  • All poultry will be weighed upon check in between 12:30pm -4:00pm on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017.
  • Only exhibitors who are members of a Green County 4-H Club or FFA Chapter and have their primary residence in Green County are eligible to sell animals in the Green County Fair Fur and Feather Auction.  Members of Green County 4-H Clubs or FFA Chapters that do NOT have their primary residence in Green County may earn eligibility to participate in the Green County Fair Fur and Feather Auction by exhibiting chickens, turkeys or rabbits for one year prior to selling at the Green County Fair.  They must also complete and turn in an Auction Record book by October 1st after their first year of exhibiting. To qualify to sell in the Fur and Feather Auction, an exhibitor not residing in the county would need to exhibit chickens, ducks, rabbits or turkeys for one year prior to selling.   Exhibitors not having their primary residence in Green County would then be eligible to participate in the auction(s) they qualified for in their second year of exhibiting.
  • If an exhibitor fails to reimburse the auction committee by November 1st of exhibit year for any animals not delivered, the exhibitor, and all the other family members will lose eligibility to sell in future auctions until full restitution is made for the missing animals.
  • All exhibitors must include their name, full address, and final dressed weight along with “Not Inspected” on the outside of the package before delivering dressed rabbits and poultry to the buyer.

 


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?

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?


Showmanship Tips

  • 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!

For more guidelines and tips print the Junior Poultry Exhibitors Helpful Hints Handbook.  You can also review the Poultry Showmanship Manual for additional information:  Poultry Showmanship Manual.


Poultry Links

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 Committee Members

Valerie Johnson, Chair – (608)778-0311, email

Briget Nusbaum, Secretary – (608)426-0260, email