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Get involved in growing and managing a small flock of chickens.

Resources to help you learn

  • LEVEL 1: Scratching the Surface In level 1, learn about poultry breeds, study the parts of a chicken egg and their function, care for chicks, and practice showmanship techniques.
  • LEVEL 2: Testing Your Wings In level 2, learn how eggs are formed, learn to keep poultry healthy, select and judge broilers, and make an egg candler to examine an egg.
  • LEVEL 3: Flocking Together In level 3, manage a small laying flock, learn to process a chicken, determine inheritance in chickens, and study poultry biotechnology.
  • Poultry Helper’s Guide: Publication # BU-6366 (1995)

Classroom Embryology Projects

Hatching eggs in the classroom provides student a hands-on experience in STEM.

  • Chick Quest Teacher Guide:: A Classroom Journey through the Life Cycle of Chickens 
  • Chick Quest Logbook 
  • Chick Quest 21-Day Calendar 

Online ethics certification required 

All 4-H members enrolled in an animal project area are required to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics course one time in order to stay enrolled in an animal project area. The certification must be done if you are enrolled in one of the following projects: beef, dairy, cats, dogs, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep, and swine. Members who don’t complete the certification before the show will be removed from the project and not be allowed to show. Anyone who has already taken the certification does not need to retake the test. The local office has a list of those already certified. CLICK HERE to take the training. This rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits.

State Fair Exhibit Rules

Youth enrolled in Beef are eligible to exhibit in the Animal Science Exhibit Class. Each county may submit 2 entries total from 50135, 50136; and 1 entry from 50137.

50135    ANIMAL SCIENCE

Prepare a display focusing on any activity related to the animal science project. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained through the animal project you studied.  The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period. Live animals are not permitted as exhibits in this area. For safety reasons, exhibits cannot include glass, syringes with needles or any other sharp objects.

50137    ANIMAL SCIENCE READY4LIFE CHALLENGE

Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in any Animal Science project

Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display.