4-H Youth: Poultry
Topics discussed in this publication include:
The 4-H Poultry Project can be and usually is financially profitable for a boy or girl. Many people feel that only men and women trained in the field of poultry production are qualified to supervise 4-H poultry projects. This is not true! Poultrymen can serve as leaders, but if not leaders, they are excellent sources of subject matter information.
The purpose of this guide is to help you, a leader, to know more about the 4-H poultry project and how you can help the 4-H members understand and do a better job with their projects. The member's individual project is a foundation upon which you can develop other learning experiences. The project teaches record keeping, production, management, marketing, and consumer information of poultry products.
The 4-H members have imaginative minds and have varied backgrounds and behavior patterns. One of your greatest satisfactions will be in helping these boys and girls develop and improve their attitudes, knowledge, and skills.
Eight objectives are:
The basic factors to consider are:
Vary project size with age and ability of the 4-H member
A beginning member can learn principles from a small project. Encourage members to start projects no larger than they can handle properly.
Many poultry projects available include:
Poultry Judging Contests (pdf file)
As 4-H leader you can help members develop their projects and complete them successfully. Here are some ways you can assist members:
Boys and girls enjoy active involvement in the program. Keep this in mind when planning programs. Your advance planning enables many 4-H members to take an active part in the planning as well as the program itself.
Have special programs for those interested in poultry. A project advisor or leader can be helpful. This needs not be a poultryman, but should be someone interested in youth as well as poultry.
Tours improve the training and stimulate the interest of 4-H members. Many leaders arrange for all members to visit such places as egg and poultry processing plants, feed mills, large commercial poultry farms, and retail food stores where eggs and poultry are available to the consumers.
You might consider a visit to each member's project but only after special precautions are taken. Do not handle the birds. You can carry disease from one farm to another. Only the owner should enter the pens and then only after proper cleaning and sanitation have taken place.
As a leader, you will want to explain to each member the awards and contests program on a county, state, and national basis. These awards are made possible by people interested in the all-round development of 4-H youth.
Poultry Events and Activities with Awards
Besides County Agents and University subject matter specialists, persons from the poultry industry can help with 4-H meetings, tours, visual aids, demonstrations, transportation, and financial aid. Press, radio and television offer an opportunity to inform people throughout the county and area of your 4-H activities and achievements. Publicizing 4-H accomplishments will strengthen the program and enhance participation from supportive groups. Use success stories to promote interest by appearing at civic groups and community meetings.
Your rewards will be through developing new skills, experiences, and friendships. Satisfaction when you see the accomplishments of the 4-Hers you work with is irreplaceable. Community, county, and state recognition will result from the interest and imagination you show as a leader. You also fulfill your responsibility to the development of youth in your community.