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4-H clover 4-H Poultry Project

What you'll do

Explore the poultry industry! You could focus on turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese, pheasants, guinea hens, pigeons or quail. Learn about

  • Species and breeds
  • Eggs
  • Feather features
  • Health
  • Feeding
  • Handling
  • Washing
  • Managing a flock
  • Ethics
  • Showing
  • Careers

4-H poultry events year round

six youth grilling
4-H'ers learn about the importance of quality in meat products from birth to plate.
4 girls hold beef cattle in a line
Learn from area experts and other youth how to better take care of and show your project animal.
girls studying
Teams of 3-6 youth compete on their knowledge of dairy cattle, dogs, general livestock, horses, lamas, poultry, rabbits and wildlife.
2019 Poultry Prince Princess contest winners
An exciting opportunity for 4-H'ers who take their poultry project to the Minnesota State Fair.
youth writing on paper
Learn about the animal industry from experts. This is a Minnesota State Fair event.
youth dairy judging contest
Learn the art and science of judging breeding and market animals.
girl holding chicken
This training is designed for those who are already judging county fair 4-H poultry shows and want to freshen up their knowledge and skill base and those who would like to get started in judging.
youth observing cattle
LQA training helps youth provide excellent care for their food animals and a high level of food safety to consumers.

Levels of learning


Already enrolled in the 4-H Poultry Project?


Fairs and exhibits


Future study

You could study agriculture at the University of Minnesota


Sharon Davis, davis051@umn.edu, 507-369-6896 

Reviewed in 2020

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