4-H Poultry Project

4-H Chick Chain Participants
2023 4-H Chick Chain Participants

Barred Rock: Grand Champion – Trey Black and Reserve Champion – Emma Williams

Buff Orpington: Grand Champion – Lincoln Cline and Reserve Champion – Scarlett Biddle

4-H Chick Chain


Each year approximately 50 Wilson County 4-H’ers will be selected to participate in the 4-H Poultry Project. To be eligible for the project, 4-H members must be able to provide the required housing, facilities, and feed to produce well-grown, healthy pullets that the 4-H’ers could take pride in having produced. This program is outlined below:

  • Twenty-five baby chicks will be given to selected Wilson County 4-Her’s.
  • The member or parent agrees to pick-up the chicks at Edwards Feed in Lebanon.  Please make sure to bring a suitable container to transport baby chicks.
  • Each 4-H Club member will agree to feed and care for his or her chicks and return six (6) choice pullets to the County Poultry Show and Auction that will be held in the Pop Smart Livestock Barn at the Ward Agricultural Center.  The show will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the auction at 10:00 a.m.  These pullets will compete for prizes to be awarded and then will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The money from the sale of the pullets will go to the 4-H Fund to continue the Chick-Chain project. After this obligation is met, the other chickens are to be used as the 4-H’er desires.
  • Should the 4-H’er not bring the required number of pullets to the show, he or she will be expected to refund the original cost of the baby chicks ($100) and will forfeit the opportunity to participate in future years. 4-H depends of the money made from the sale to pay for the baby chicks next year.
  • Cash awards and ribbons will be awarded on the merit system at the county show: i.e., blue plus, blue or red.

Applications are available during the month of January. Completed applications will only be accepted between February 1st -15th, 2024.

The Chick Chain begins in March and will end at the show in July.

2024 Chick Chain Application

There is a $20 registration fee to participate in the Chick Chain.

4-H Poultry Judging

4-H youth can also participate in poultry judging. In this group, youth will learn how to judge laying hens, grade eggs and identify and grade poultry cuts of meat.

Poultry Judging begins in the Fall.

There is a small fee to join poultry judging. Scholarships are available for all our programs.

2023-2024 Poultry Judging Information

2022-2023 4-H Poultry Judging Team Members (everyone not pictured)

For more information on the poultry group, contact Morgan Beaty at 615-444-9584!