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4-H Poultry Judging Program 2024

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4-H Poultry Judging - Chickens, Eggs, Ready-to-cook and live birds; interactive learning with games, a trip to NC state univeristy for the contest. Image has chicken closeup and 4-H and Cooperative Extension Logos
Poultry judging is for youth ages 8-18 as of January 1! If youth would like to participate, we would love for them to do and more information about the program is below along with links. Youth MUST register in 4-H Online in order to participate. The registration link will take you to the 4-H Online page where you can sign-up in 4-H Online or you can login and see the program under the “Events” tab in your account. Please let us know if you need any help or have trouble accessing it!

Craven County won NATIONALS for 4-H Poultry Judging in 2023!

Why Poultry Judging?

Students will learn . . .

  • Poultry Judging promotes the study of unique agricultural fields
  • To think critically
  • To make decisions based on a rubric or set of ideal standards
  • To decisively communicate their decisions to others
  • About poultry life cycles
  • Where their poultry produce comes from
  • How to grade eggs inside and out
  • How to judge production laying hens so that you can tell if a bird is going to be a good layer
  • How to grade ready-to-cook birds
  • The different cuts of meat for chickens
  • How to prepare your meat safely in your home
  • Participate at the State Poultry Competition at NC State University!
This is for youth ages 8-18 as of January 1, 2023. Please let me know if you would like to participate or would like more information. You can email the 4-H Agent, Ashley L. Brooks, at

Poultry Judging gives students a look into one of the unique fields of agriculture. They gain insight and knowledge of what is involved in the poultry industry and how that affects them personally as they consume poultry products.

It gives students a look at how food is graded and what is safe and appropriate to eat along with being able to identify what they are eating and how to safely handle and cook their meat.

It also contributes to critical thinking and communication skills. Part of the program requires students to make decisions based on pre-determined criteria and to explain why they made the decisions they did to a judge. Students increase in skills and confidence in their speaking abilities and learn to make good decisions for specific reasons.

We will be starting our Poultry Judging Practices beginning Wednesday, January 5th at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom and will continue having them every other week until the contest. Please return to this page for updates, times, and cancelations.

Dates for Poultry Judging Practices

Below are the dates and times for practices based on requests by participants for 2024 ONLY. Most are Mondays at 10:30 online except once a month in-person
April 1 – No Practice
April 8 – Online Practice at 10:30 a.m.
April 15 – No Practice
April 22 – Online Practice at 10:30 a.m.
April 29 – In-Person Practice at 10:30 a.m.
May 6 – Online Practice at 10:30 a.m.
May 13 – Online Practice at 10:30 a.m.
May 20 – In-Person Practice at 10:30 a.m.
May 27 – No Practice (Memorial Day Weekend)
June 3 – Online Practice at 10:30 a.m.
June 10 – In-Person Practice at 10:30 a.m.
June 17 – Online Practice at 10:30 a.m.
June 24 – Online Practice at 10:30 a.m.
July 1 – Online Practice at 10:30 a.m.
July 10 – State Poultry Judging Competition

Register Online

Poultry Judging Competition Information

The 2024 4-H Poultry Judging competition will be at NC State University. The exact date and time is yet to be determined. For information on attending the competition and participating as part of a team or as an individual from Craven County, see the contact information at the bottom of the page.

Poultry Judging Manual

The 4-H Poultry Judging manual is produced by the University of Kentucky and is available at the link below. We have put together a composite of the manual in one PDF Version and that is available for download below. There are a few extra notes on the composite than are on the original, but feel free to access either one.

Download Poultry Judging PDF

University of Kentucky Poultry Judging Manual Website