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Atchison County


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Are You Into It? 

In the poultry project you can learn about selection and raising your birds, and dive into health issues, poultry products and careers!

• Learn the basic principles of animal science by owning, caring for, and keeping records on your birds
• Explore knowledge of sound breeding, feeding, and management practices
• Investigate current issues facing the industry and how you can start a career in the poultry business

Here's What You Can Do All Year ! 


Take Poultry Further ! 

Here are other opportunities to explore Poultry:
• Contact your county KSU Extension office for other local workshops, activities, and events
• Tour a poultry farm
• Attend a poultry show and observe the judge and their techniques
• Attend a poultry project meeting
• Design a business card or marketing brochure for your farm or imaginary farm
• Write an educational article about some aspect of poultry production for your newspaper
• Participate in a poultry skillathon
• Organize a poultry showmanship contest
• Attend a national poultry conference
• Ride with a local veterinarian to learn about animal health
• Visit a local grocery store to learn proper meat handling techniques
• Is it fair time? Consider showing in your County Fair poultry show or the Kansas State Fair.
• Interested in a college education in animal science or veterinary medicine? Schedule a visit with Kansas State University to explore those majors. www.ksu.edu


KSU Project Page 

Fair Resources

Small Animal Exhibit Card

Department S:  Poultry

Showmanship Score Card

Project Resource Videos
Animal Science Spark Activities

Poultry 101

Step It Up!

Pass it on! Now that you know how, share it with others. Here are ideas to get you started.


• Design a poster on parts of the bird
• Participate in a judging contest giving oral reasons
• Explain how to prepare poultry products


• Volunteer your bird for a community petting zoo
• Hand out food samples at your local grocery store
• Volunteer to help at the county fair poultry show


• Invite other 4-H members to tour your farm
• Teach others how to safely handle poultry
• Lead a poultry selection and feeding clinic

Exhibit Ideas

• Participate in the 4-H poultry show
  - Breeding birds
  - Market broilers
  - Egg production
       White egg layers
       Brown egg layers
  - Showmanship
• Consider an exhibit, notebook or display showing what you’ve learned in a poultry-related topic
- Nutritive value of poultry
- Meat cuts and proper preparation
- Feeding rations
- Preventative vaccinations
- Photos of different breeds
- Daily routine in caring for animals
- Grooming techniques
- Developing a breeding herd
- Video interview with a poultry producer
- Best care techniques for newborns
- Poultry by-products
- Locally grown foods
• Create a recipe book, display, or presentation with egg or chicken recipes
• Create an exhibit, notebook, or display discussing food safety and poultry products