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.
Who Can Participate
Alabama 4-H members who have a flock of chickens that are currently laying eggs. The chickens may be from a 4-H Chick Chain, Poultry Project, or other program source.
$5 per dozen
- Age: Junior and Senior. 4-H is for youth ages 9 to 18. Junior age is 9-13 and Senior is 14-18.
- Eggshell color: White, Brown, and Blue/Green
- Egg size: Pee Wee, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, and Jumbo. Size is determined by the weight of one dozen eggs (any kitchen scale that shows weight in ounces can be used).
How to Enter
Participants may enter eggs in more than one category of eggshell color and size (for example, 1 dozen small white-shelled eggs and 1 dozen extra-large brown-shelled eggs). A separate registration form must be submitted for each dozen eggs entered. Form(s) must be mailed in prior to delivery. This lets us know who is participating and in what categories.
Eggs may be hand delivered or shipped via UPS. Each entry should include a 3 inch × 5 inch card labeled with your name, address, telephone number, email, the size of the eggs, and the eggshell color.
Packing and Shipping
Eggs should be kept cool during transit. Pack the eggs in an egg carton surrounded with padding and an ice pack, and placing them in a foam cooler. If shipping the eggs, it is important to use UPS, as they deliver directly to our offices. As soon as eggs are received, they will be refrigerated until judging begins.
Golden Egg Contest materials:
- Click to download a printable PDF of 4HYD-2257 Golden Egg Planning Guide
- Click to download a printable PDF of 4HYD-2307 Golden Egg Record Book Supplement
- Click to download a printable PDF of 4HYD-2277 Golden Egg Minimum Requirements for Youth
- Click to download a printable PDF of 4HYD-2276 Golden Egg Contest Entry Form that Accompanies Eggs
- Click to download a printable PDF of 4HYD-2278 Golden Egg Scoresheet
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