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:

2018.5.31 Poultry Committee Meeting Minutes

2018.4.3 Poultry Committee meeting minutes

2018.2.6 Poultry Committee meeting minutes

2018.01.09 Poultry Committee Minutes


2018 Poultry Testing Requirements

If you are planning to exhibit poultry at the Green County Fair…

  • Birds must originate from a certified flock or be individually tested.
  • Tests must be performed by a certified pullorum tester authorized by DATCP.
  • Any birds that don’t originate from a certified flock or are NOT individually tested may not be brought to the fair and may not be used for breeding and hatching.
  • Although sexually immature birds (chickens younger than 4 months & turkeys younger than 6 months) cannot be tested, they may be brought to the fair if they come from a certified flock.

Please note that “flock” refers to all birds housed at one premise, whether or not they are co-mingled.

More information about methods for proving your birds are disease-free will be mailed to all 4-H Poultry Project members in mid-May.

 


2018 Poultry Mailing Materials – mailed to 4-H poultry families on 5/14/18

2018 Poultry Testing Fair Update letter
Wisconsin Associate Flock Enrollment Application
Poultry Water Clip-on Dish order form – see link above


2018 Green County Fair Updates 

  • All poultry will be weighed upon check in between 9:00am -12:00pm on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018.
  • 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.

 


Upcoming Poultry Contests

32nd Pullet Surprise Contest

2018 Avian quiz bowl


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

fyi.uwex.edu/poultry/

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, Co-Chair – (608)778-0311, email

Kristi Pulvermacher, Co-Chair – (608)527-2408, email

Briget Nusbaum, Secretary – email

Karen Buck, (608)558-9746, email

Pam Medenwald, (608)575-7258, email