University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

KENTUCKY 4-H - Poultry Projects

In the 4-H Poultry projects, participants will learn:

  • how to identify breeds and select quality poultry animals;
  • best practices for animal care and management;
  • safe and ethical practices for animal welfare;
  • showing skills;
  • how to promote the use of poultry products and the poultry industry; and
  • skills such as decision-making, getting along with others, self-responsibility, plannings and organizing, and improving your knowledge of general science and technology.

Showing your 4-H chicken project at the Kentucky State Fair

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

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.

Help guide for 4-H leaders in poultry projects (Pennsylvania State University)

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

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

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

The Childhood Agricultural Safety Network (CASN)

Information on specific poultry projects


Raising broilers and turkeys for competitions (University of Arkansas)

4-H Poultry Showmanship rules (University of Connecticut)

4-H Poultry Showmanship questions (University of Connecticut)


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)

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