In 4-H poultry-related animal projects, participants will learn:

Showing 4-H chicken projects at the Kentucky State Fair

Published research on the impact of animal projects on development of youth life skills

Child collecting eggs from a small flock

National 4-H has a variety of project curriculum materials available to help with 4-H poultry projects.

Additional materials are also available at different state extension websites.

Prevention booklet - A young person's guide to keeping animals safe and happy (The Ohio State University)

Leaders' guide on animal welfare for fairs and exhibitions (Ohio State University)

Youth guide on animal welfare for fairs and exhibitions (Ohio State University)

NOTE: There have been recent human outbreaks of Salmonella associated with chicks and ducklings associated with an Ohio hatchery.

Avoid contact with the feces of young fowl, and carefully wash your hands with soap and water after handling these animals and anything that has come in contact with them.

CDC article: Multi-state outbreak of Human Salmonella infections linked to live poultry (May 30, 2012)

WebMD article: Salmonella outbreak again tied to Ohio hatchery (May 31, 2012)

Safe handling of chicks (University of Kentucky)

Risk of Human Salmonella infections from live baby poultry (Center for Disease Control)


Reasons to raise chickens (Heritage Poultry Conservancy)

Getting kids involved in raising chicks (Heritage Poultry Conservancy)

Things to watch for as your chickens grow (Heritage Poultry Conservancy) videos:

Fun with chickens - broiler showmanship (Louisiana State University)

Handling broilers for showmanship (Louisiana State University)

Fun with chickens - Exhibition showmanship (Louisiana State University)

How to wash your chickens (poultrycrazy)

Chicken showmanship demonstration (poultrycrazy)

Poultry prep (Volusia County youngsters learn poultry presentation as they get ready to enter their birds in competition in the county fair)

How to mail order chicks (Richard Dunne)

Day old baby chickens, mail order .... What to do when they arrive (Richard Dunne)