604 W.P. Garrigus Bldg
Lexington, KY 40546-0215
Poultry-related activities provide a wide range of learning opportunities. There are several low cost poultry projects that require very little space, making them a suitable project for those interested in animal science but don’t have the resources to keep a cow, sheep or pig. There are also large-scale poultry projects (e.g., managing a breeding flock), but no matter the cost of the birds or the facilities used, they have the same learning value.
4-H poultry projects provide youth and their families with diverse learning environments – poultry are an excellent model to teach nutrition, physiology, genetics, record keeping, production and health management. Participation in competitive events teach sportsmanship, and character. Because a poultry project involves living creatures, it requires regular care and management developing these life skills in the participants.
4-H poultry activities include the raising of poultry for meat, eggs, or sport (i.e., release in hunting preserves, racing pigeons, etc.). Several judging and demonstration contests are available including poultry judging, egg preparation demonstration, and chicken/turkey barbecue. Top seniors at the state level can continue to compete in nationwide contests.
4-H Celebrates a Century (University of Kentucky's Ag Magazine, Spring 2009 issue)
Journal of Extension article: Teaching leadership and communication skills and responsibilities - A comparison of 4-H and other youth organizations
Growing a nation: A history of American agriculture (Ag in the Classroom)
A History of Agriculture (History of worldwide agriculture by Crest Capital)
An Introduction to Chicken Production: A brief insight into the modern chicken and egg industries. National Chicken Council, 2007.
Touching lives in unexpected ways: The benefits animal agriculture offers to our everyday lives go well beyond human nutrition. In this special audio segment, Trent Loos outlines a few of those other uses. Click here to listen.
Virtual farm - Poultry
YouTube video - Women in Agriculture by America's Heartland