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Cherokee County


This project is designed to help you learn about chickens and other poultry. You will acquire an understanding of scientific poultry management and marketing practices. You will gain business experience and insight into the values and principles of purchasing, marketing, record keeping and exhibiting poultry.

Project leader

Rosie Heistand
(620) 674-1591

Things to Learn/Do in the Project

Age 7-9

  • Learn poultry breeds and body parts
  • Learn how to care for and handle your birds
  • Practice showmanship techniques

Age 10-13

  • Learn how eggs are formed
  • Select and judge broilers
  • Make an egg candler
  • Learn about pecking orders

Age 14 and Older

  • Lead younger members in egg experiments
  • Learn how to process chickens for food
  • Learn about biotechnology and poultry careers

Project Materials

Reasonably priced materials are available for every project in Kansas 4-H. You can order the materials for your project online or contact your local Extension Office.

Poultry (PT100)

General Poultry Resources

Project Leader Resources

Additional Resources - Veterinary Science

Events and Activities

State 4-H Poultry Judging Contest
When: 2nd Saturday, Kansas State Fair
Where: Hutchinson, KS
Award: Trip for winning team to National Poultry Conference

Awards and Recognition

County Level
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet
Donor: Barr's Poultry

State Level
Award: Medallion
Donor: Barr's Poultry

National Level
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship
Donor: Barr's Poultry

Career Connections

Project Meetings