Breeding and Market Poultry and Fowl

Our 4-H youth can work with breeding & market rabbits, breeding & market chickens, turkeys, ducks and/or pigeons. These projects deal with similar issues as our livestock projects but on a much smaller scale. Youth also learn about selection, care, and feeding of small animals, animal health, and importance of good record keeping. This gives them a well-rounded education about their animals and what it takes to raise them. All small animal projects require the youth to take the Youth for the Meat Quality Assurance (MQA) training that is provided each year.

The poultry project is designed to help you learn about chickens, turkeys and other poultry. Through your work in this project, you will acquire an understanding of scientific poultry management and marketing practices. You will gain business experiences and insight is not the values and principles of purchasing, marketing, financial record keeping and obtaining credit.

Starting Out, Beginner Jr./Int./Sr.

Starting Out, Beginner

Inspiring youth to:

  • Learn about poultry
  • Learn how to produce a safe, wholesome product
  • Identify the parts of various poultry
  • Learn about nutritional requirements and different types of feed
  • Practice evaluating poultry
  • Learn about a chicken's digestive system
  • Identify common poultry diseases
  • Learn how to keep records
  • Learn how to assume responsibility


Learning More, Intermediate, Jr./Int./Sr.

Learning More, Intermediate

Inspiring youth to:

  • Investigate technology's impact on poultry production
  • Learn how to exhibit your animal
  • Purchase, feed, and care for birds
  • Learn about goal setting
  • Gain knowledge of sound management practices
  • Develop sportsmanship and public speaking skills


Exploring Depth, Advanced, Jr./Int./Sr.

Exploring Depth, Advanced

Inspiring youth to:

  • Raise your own birds
  • Learn how to deal with current issues related to raising poultry
  • Gain leadership skills by helping others learn about poultry
  • Explore career opportunities in the poultry industry
  • Build lifelong friendships