Members of the Poultry project interact with research-based information that encourages confidence, character-building, industry knowledge, and sportsmanship

Youth in the Poultry project interact with research-based information that encourages confidence, character-building, industry knowledge, and sportsmanship. Youth will can learn how to properly care for an animal and how to keep accurate records.

Projects Available:

  • Show Chickens
  • Market & Breeding Turkeys
  • Geese
  • Ducks
  • Pigeons
  • Game Birds
A child hold a baby chicken

Please note:

On occasion, workshop dates may need to change. Please check the Clover Connection and/or Livestock Calendar for the most up-to-date information.

2024 Poultry Project Workshops

  • April 25, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Record Books & Showmanship - TR Community Arena Building, Meeting Room, The Ranch
  • June 13, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Project Check In, Record Books, Showmanship - TR Community Arena Building, Meeting Room, The Ranch
  • July 18, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Showmanship Clinic, Preparing for fair, Record Books - TR Community Arena Building, Meeting Room, The Ranch

As a reminder, please check the Google Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Poultry project workshops are listed under the "Livestock" calendar (see the tab below).

MQA Training

  • Friday, May 17, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall, McKee 4-H Building, The Ranch.
  • The training will take between an hour to one and half hours to complete. You do not have to be there the entire time. Please arrive by 6:30 p.m. in order to complete the training in a timely manner.
  • If this is your first year in 4-H or your first year in a livestock project you must attend. You must  attend once as a Junior member, ages 8 to 13 and once as a Senior member, ages 14 - 18 as of December 31, 2023. All eight year olds and all 14 year olds must attend this year. 

Youth enrolled in the poultry project should:

  • Establish your project goals.
    • These goals can involve internal growth as a 4-H member, community connections, or even competition goals. 
  • Determine what you have for a budget for the upcoming year.
    • Things to consider when setting a budget:
      • Facility/ housing
      • Purchasing an animal
      • Vet expenses
      • Feed cost
      • Travel
      • Equipment Expenses
  • Complete their e-Record/ Record Book

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

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

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

All project manuals are received through the Larimer County 4-H Extension office. These will be distributed to 4-H members through their organizational leaders (club leaders) after enrollment is complete. For more information on enrollment visit Join 4-H.


Thinking about signing up for the Poultry Project? Already enrolled but have questions? Contact:


Bailey Schilling
4-H Livestock Agent

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