Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn and understand standards used in poultry and egg production and marketing, and to apply the standards in a realistic decision-making situation.
  2.  Develop the techniques of logical, accurate decision making, learn to recognize reasons for decisions, and develop the ability to express reasons orally, and thereby acquire the skills of decision making, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  3. Develop leadership abilities, build character, assume citizenship responsibilities, and develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes for lifelong use.


  • Cloverleaf/Juniors: 4th – 8th grade.
  • Seniors: 9th – 12th grade.
  • Counties cannot mix grade divisions to comprise a team. All members on the Junior team must meet the Junior grade requirements, and all members on the Senior team must meet the Senior grade requirements.
  • Counties may bring up to 20 senior team members and 15 non-senior members (Cloverleaf’s and Junior’s) for your county’s assigned contest.
    • Cloverleaf/Juniors: The first 15 Cloverleaf and Junior members from a county are guaranteed a place in the contest. County participants beyond the first 15 registered will be placed on a waiting list. After the designated time, any remaining places in the contest, up to the capacity of the
      event (120 per contest), will be filled by participants from the waiting list.
    • Participants will be pulled from the waiting list in the order of the date
      and time they were entered into the registration system, with no county
      having more than 20 non-senior total participations. Up until the date
      of the contest, participants may claim any remaining spaces for the
      event on a first-come, first-served basis up to the 120 limits.
  • A team must consist of a minimum of three (3) or four (4) participants. Individuals may also participate. A county’s team score will be the sum of the top three scores from that county.
  • Counties wishing to have three separate teams must designate them before the contest. A county cannot have more than three teams per division.
  • Eligibility is determined by the grade level during the 2023-2024 school year.

Competition Guidelines

  • Counties may attend any contest location that they prefer.
  • Classes at Area Contests:
    • There will be two classes comprised of past production hens.
    • One set of oral reasons will be given at the area contests.
    • There will be one class each of Ready-to-Cook Poultry, Ready-to-Cook Carcasses, Candling class, Exterior Quality class, Broken Out class,  Parts ID class, and Breaded class.
    • Written Test: Questions will come from the manual and will be multiple choice.
    • All classes will be set up in accordance with the Rules and Standards printed in the National Poultry Judging Manual (linked under the Resources tab).

2024 Area Contest Dates and Locations

Date City Location
April 15, 2024 Tifton Tift County Extension Office
April 16, 2024 Lyons Toombs County AgriCenter
April 17, 2024 McDonough Henry County Extension Office
April 18, 2024 Crawford Oglethorpe County Extension Office
April 22, 2024 Calhoun Gordon County Extension Office


The State Contest will be held on May 3, 2024 . Only qualifying Senior teams will have the opportunity to compete.


  • Each participant will receive an award pin.
  • Certificates will be awarded to the High Individual and the top three high scoring Junior and Senior teams at each area contest.
  • The top two highest scoring Senior teams from each Area Contest will be invited to participate in the State 4-H Poultry Judging Contest. In addition, the next four high teams from the state “at-large” will be invited to participate in the State 4-H Poultry Judging Contest. At large, teams will be announced no later than 12 noon on April 26. No travel funds will be available to support qualifying counties to the State Poultry Judging Contest.
  • The Senior High Individual from each Area Contest will be invited to participate in the State Poultry Judging Contest if they are not a member of one of the top two highest-scoring Senior teams. There will be no travel funds available to support these individuals’ travels.
  • The First Place Senior Team will represent Georgia at the National Poultry Judging Contest in Louisville, KY. Members of the State Winning (First Place) Team are ineligible to compete as team members in future years. This applies whether or not they compete in the National Poultry Judging Contest. Team members may compete as individuals in Area and State Poultry Judging Contests and may be recognized as State Winners as High Individuals. State Winning High Individuals who are not members of the State Winning (First Place) Team are permitted to compete in future years as either individuals or as team members.

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