UGA Extension Office

Poultry Judging

We are organizing our Poultry Judging team for spring 2018!  If you are interested in participating, please complete the 2018 Interest Form.

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.

Details about this year's team and meeting dates may be found on the Poultry Judging Information Sheet.

Juniors (4th- 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

 

Resources

To get started, check out the Poultry Judging Cliff Notes.  This is a quick summary of all the classes and information covered in the contest and is a good introduction to this 4-H activity.

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

 

Additional 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)