UGA Extension Office

Poultry Judging

Poultry Judging teaches 4-H'ers how to judge live hens, grade eggs, grade ready to cook poultry, and identify poultry parts. It also provides experience in organizing thoughts and defending decisions with oral reasons. In this contest, 4-H'ers learn to rank laying hens based on standards and quality, 4-H'ers will evaluate the chickens and tell why they think one is better than the other.


Juniors (5th- 8th Grade) & Seniors (9th- 12th Grade) will judge:

  • Classes A & B -  Judgin Live Birds & Reasons
  • Classes C & D – Grading Ready-to-Cook
  • Class E – Knowledge Test
  • Class G – Broken-Out Eggs
  • Class H – Exterior Quality
  • Classes I & J – Candling/ Interior Quality
  • Class K – Parts Identification

Find more details on the Intro Sheet. 


leghorn chicken
Candling an Egg

2017 Practice Schedule

Some of the practices will involve travel.  Regular practices are held in Room 210 of the Fayette County Administrative Complex.

March 8   4:00-5:30

March 15  4:00-5:30

March 22  4:00-5:30

March 29  4:00-5:30

(Tentative) April 5  4:00-5:30

April 12  4:00-5:30

April 19  4:00-5:30

April 26  4:00-5:30

May 3  Area Competition 
 


Lesson Notes

Poultry Quick Notes (quick overview of what you need to know)

Reasons Chart (use to help prepare reasons for live bird ranking)

  Place Grant/Admit Fault
Top Pair ex: 1/2 ex: Grant that 2 had
a wider vent
ex: Fault 2 for less
bleaching on legs
Middle Pair      
Bottom Pair      
Notes on Hen 1 Notes on Hen 2 Notes on Hen 3 Notes on Hen 4

Powerpoints for Judging Classes

Class A & B
Live Birds & Reasons

Classes C & D
Ready-To-Cook

Class G
Broken-Out Eggs

Class H
Exterior Quality

Classes I & J
Interior Quality

Class K
Parts Identification

Poultry Judging Overview

Elementary Egg Basics


Sample Score Cards

Class A & B
Live Birds & Reasons

Classes C & D
Ready-To-Cook

Class E & G
Test & Broken-Out Eggs

Class H
Exterior Quality

Classes I & J
Interior Quality

Class K
Parts Identification

Reasons


Resources

National 4-H Poultry Judging Manual (What Georgia follows as well)

Broken-Out Egg Quality Flash Cards (Interactive quiz)

4-H Poultry Judging YouTube videos (These are great videos that individually teach each class of the contest)


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