Poultry and Rabbit

Opportunities/Events:

  • Poultry Workshop – On Saturday, June 12, in addition to workshops for large market animal, there will be a poultry workshop from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. in the rabbit/poultry barn at the Fairgrounds in Weyauwega.  Evan, an older youth in the poultry project, will lead the workshop about selecting meat birds, washing and preparing for show, and how to do showmanship (if time permits).   This workshop will count as an educational point for small market animal. Pre-registration is requested by completing this short google form by June 9 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceoY2LxcAEvdrlrX_M5UhhOrEPBRBN2GyqqH8c-DzRD93o8g/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0
  • Rabbit Fun Show – Mark your calendars – the small market animal committee is also planning to hold a rabbit fun show on Saturday, July 17.  More details to come about this opportunity.
  • Poultry Free Webinar Series – On behalf of our Agriculture colleagues, UW-Madison, Division of Extension, is offering a free webinar series designed to assist home and small scale poultry producers in their management endeavors.  The series will take place on Wednesday evenings between May 12 and June 2, with each event beginning at 7 p.m.  The live discussion events will feature the opportunity to ask questions of presenters.
    • The four sessions in this series will focus on these topics:
    • May 12 = Small flock meat chicken management
    • May 19 = Small laying flock management
    • May 26 = Small scale commercial poultry management
    • June 2 = Ducks, Turkeys, Guineas, and other non-chicken poultry

Discussion will be led by Ron Kean, UW-Madison, Division of Extension Poultry Science Specialist.  Kean will showcase management techniques and tactics that create healthier flocks and more efficient management practices for the type(s) of production focused on that evening.  Legal parameters involved in raising and selling poultry or poultry products will also be discussed, and will be a focal point during the May 26 event oriented toward small scale commercial producers. Participation in any, or all, of the events in this series is free, but registration is required ahead of the event, by visiting https://go.wisc.edu/poultryseries2021  If you have any questions about these webinars, you can contact Scott Reuss, Marinette & Oconto Counties’ Agriculture Agent with UW-Madison, Division of Extension, at scott.reuss@wisc.edu or 715-732-7510.

2-19-21
If youth are interested in potentially selling in the Small Market Animal Sale this year, please continue reading and complete the google form listed below.  If you are NOT interested in selling market animal, only showing poultry/rabbit/goats, you do NOT need to complete the google form.  Remember, 3rd graders can show poultry/rabbit/goats, but not sell until 4th grade.
If interested in the opportunity to sell a small market animal (poultry, rabbit, goat), complete this google form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHUsgqiFmH7D8YvXF-oqe7aknLPQ9bimGOIgJ0TWpA1OoBpA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0 If you are not able to complete the google form, email penny.tank@wisc.edu and I will take your information through email.   We ask that you complete the google form by March 10 so you can receive a packet prior to the meeting.  If you register later, you will still receive the packet at a later time.

After you complete the google form linked above for small market:

*A packet of materials will then be mailed to you. 

*A virtual zoom meeting will be held on Monday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. to review the sale rules and materials. The youth or a representative for them is expected to participate in the zoom call. Zoom connection information will be included in the mailing and emailed to you after you register for small market.  (please note this date was changed from March 15 due to a scheduling conflict)

*If you are not able to be on the March 22 zoom call, you are required to email penny.tank@wisc.edu and a recording of the zoom will be emailed to you. There will be a few questions you need to answer showing you watched the recording and this is due by March 29. 

*March 29 is the final day to qualify for the small market animal sale opportunity for this year.

Poultry Educational Opportunity

Attention Poultry Project Members:  Check out the WI 4-H Facebook page or https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/opportunities/calendar/ for information about some statewide poultry virtual meetings that were just announced for March and April.  The first one is Monday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. about hatching eggs & caring for chicks.  Meetings such as this will count as educational points if you are doing small market when you complete a verification form and answer a few questions about the program.  Copies of the verification form will be in your packet or can be found here https://waupaca.extension.wisc.edu/files/2020/04/Educational_Verification_Form-fillable-1.pdf

Curriculum:

A2880 Poultry Breeds and Variety [Revised in 2018 to include new standards (20 pages; 2018).]

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