4-H Poultry Chain

Superintendent: Sandra Allen and Saundra Sanders


2016 Grand Champion 4-H Pullets – Abby Sanders

Poultry must be registered no later than July 21, 2017. You may obtain an entry form from the link below or at the Extension Office.

A technician will be available to test eligible birds on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 7-10 a.m. at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in the Poultry Barn. All birds including 4-H Poultry Chain and Rainbow Flock must be tested.

Check in for all poultry will be Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from noon-8 p.m. and are required to stay until Sunday, August 27, 2017 unless approved by the superintendent in charge, expect pullets auctioned on Saturday.

Pen of four (4) Pullets

4-H or FFA owner of pullets must be present during the auction sale on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Day old pullets were placed with 4-H Club or FFA members in the county in May of this year. Each member agreed to feed and care for the pullets and return four (4) out of each 25 they raised to the county fair. The group of pullets will be sold at auction to the general public Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. The money from the sale will be used to sponsor the program the following year. All pullets have been vaccinated throughout the growing period and are just going into egg production.

Premiums will be awarded by the Johnson County Fair Association and ribbons will be awarded.

Grand and Reserve Champion Pullet Pens will be eligible for the premium auction and receive a sponsored prize.

Rainbow Flock

The Rainbow Flock Program was formed in 2011 to provide an opportunity for youth not traditionally targeted by animal science projects due to expense or lack of space and to promote the heritage breeds of poultry. In recent years, backyard poultry has become increasingly more popular because a couple chickens do not take up a lot of space, and they are a way to have a small scale production agriculture enterprise in your backyard. In Johnson County, we wanted youth to have the experience of raising an animal for show but also to put food on their family’s table. This year, with the rainbow flock project, we are focusing on two American breeds. We ordered 200 straight run Rhode Island Red and straight run Dominique Chickens.These breeds are perfect for people who want some birds to eat and some to keep for layers of large brown eggs. Exhibitors are encouraged to show previous rainbow chain chickens in the Open Classes.

Premiums will be awarded by the Johnson County Fair Association and ribbons will be awarded.

Rainbow Flock will receive awards for Best Bird and Reserve Best Bird. Rainbow Flock are NOT eligible for premium auction.

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