With more than 76.5 billion eggs consumed in the U.S. each year, you might be thinking of a career in the poultry industry. We know that judging contests help kids improve their decision-making skills and teaches them to defend those decisions by giving voice to their reasoning. Poultry judging teaches standards of poultry and egg production to ensure a safe and nutritious consumer product. Learn what makes a good egg as you compete for prizes in the Illinois 4-H State Poultry Judging Contest.




June 25, 2024

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

University of Illinois Livestock Pavilion

1380-1476 W. Pennsylvania Ave.

Urbana, IL


Participation:  A county may enter any number of 4-H participants. A county team may be, made up of three or four contestants with no limit on the number of teams or individuals. The scores of the three highest scoring individuals from each team will be, totaled to determine each team score. All contestants will be eligible for all individual honors. The four highest senior 4-H’ers will be, selected to participate on the state team. A senior 4-H’er is one who is 14-18 years of age by January 1 of the current year. The individuals that score the highest will be invited to participate in the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference during the third week of November in Louisville, KY.

Registration: Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on June 25, 2024.

Classes:  Three classes of past egg production hens, reasons will be given on one of these classes; two classes of ready-to-cook fryers (8 per class); one class of ready to cook heavy fowl (8); one class of 10 broken out eggs; two classes of shell eggs (candled) (20 per class), and two classes of exterior egg quality (20 per class).

Ten (10) minutes will be, allowed for placing a class.

Resource:  The following resource may be, used for training 4-H’ers in Poultry Judging.

National 4-H Poultry Judging Manual:  


Dr. Ken Koelkebeck and Pam Utterback                                                             Dan Jennings         

Department of Animal Sciences                                                                      State 4-H Livestock Educator 

University of Illinois                                                                                         University of Illinois Extension

kkoelkeb@illinois.edu 217-244-0195                                                             djjennin@illinois.edu  

utterbck@illinois.edu                                                                                       815-218-4358

Find the National 4-H Poultry Judging Manual here

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How-To videos:

Contact for More Information:

Animal Science Educator
Dan Jennings
Department of Animal Sciences
Pam Utterback