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North Carolina 4-H Presentation Guidelines: Poultry Production and / or Preparation


  • To develop leadership abilities, build character, and assume citizenship responsibilities.
  • To acquire scientific knowledge of poultry science, poultry industries, poultry production, and/or poultry food products.
  • To develop creative skills in the demonstration or preparationof poultry food products, poultry science, and poultry production.


Individuals may compete.

  • 9-10 – 4-H’er must be 9 years old prior to January 1 of the current year and not have reached their eleventh burthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 11-13 – 4-H’er must be eleven years old prior to January 1 of the current year and not have reached their fourteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 14-18 – 4-H’er must be fourteen years of age prior to January 1 of the current year, and not have reached their nineteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.


  • The demonstration must be no more than 12 minutes in length.
  • Each participant must present either a demonstration or preparation relating to poultry science, poultry production, poultry industries, or poultry food products.
  • The use of live animals is not allowed.
  • If the contestant prepares a dish, a recipe must be provided to each judge.
  • The preparation of an egg dish and chicken and turkey BBQ is not allowed. These have their own demonstration events.

Score sheet is the standard 4-H Presentation score sheet.

See NC 4-H Presentation Regulations
NC 4-H Presentation Scoresheet 9-13…in PDF
NC 4-H Presentation Scoresheet 14-18…in PDF

Each participant must furnish all his/her own supplies and equipment.

Suggestions/Helpful Hints:

  • Demonstration about the 4-H Embryology Project.
  • Demonstration about a back yard or commercial flock of poultry.
  • Demonstration about 4-H poultry judging, ie. The criterion for the grading of processed carcasses or eggs.
  • Demonstration about the composting of poultry litter and mortality.
  • Demonstration about food safety in preparing poultry products.
  • Contestants may prepare a dish, except chicken or turkey BBQ and egg cookery products, that is related to poultry food products. Examples include stir fried chicken, turkey, quail, ostrich, or emu dishes, or these products in tacos, kabobs, or salads or other creatively prepared dishes.


District awards: each winner for each district is awarded a $75 scholarship to NC 4-H Congress.

State awards: each winner is awarded a $37.50 award.

Donors: NC Granite Corp., Ms. Joan Gammons, P. O. Box 151, Mt. Airy, NC 27030


NC State Mutual Hatchery Assoc., Mr. John Blakely, 1018 Hunter St., Statesville, NC 28677


Melissa Taylor Scherpereel
Poultry Science
Poultry 4-H Youth Programs ∓ Instructor
Phone: 919-515-5403
Fax: 919-515-7070