A short-term, 22 week program for beginning members. They learn to care for and raise a flock of laying hens from chicks to pullet age; show personal growth and knowledge gained through showmanship; make good decisions about their flock’s nutrition and health; demonstrate basic record-keeping and biosecurity skills; and challenge themselves to find and persuade suitable buyers to make a purchase of the enterprise hens at the show/auction to ensure project profitability.
The Golden Egg Contest assesses the ability of 4-H members to raise chickens that produce high-quality eggs. Participants submit up to three sets of one dozen eggs, which are judged for uniform appearance and consistent interior quality using the same testing measures applied in commercial poultry production.
A long-term project with monthly meetings for members of all skill levels. They learn how to care for and raise a poultry flock; show personal growth and knowledge gained through showmanship; make good decisions about their flock’s nutrition and health; excel at biosecurity and food safety; participate in team & individual activities; and demonstrate record-keeping skills and profitability through table egg or hatching egg production.
Egg Cookery is a cooking demonstration where 4-H members acquire knowledge of quality standards, size classification, nutritional value, preparation and storage, functional properties, versatility, and economic value of eggs.
For more information, please contact Dr. Brigid McCrea, Extension Specialist.