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Guide for First Year Poultry Projects

2023 Hatch Dates

  • Turkey: Recommended Hatch Dates April 2-16

  • Chickens: Recommended Hatch Dates June 13-28

  • Ducks: Highly Recommended Hatch Dates June 19-27 (birds older than these hatch dates will have pin feathers). Paperwork with hatch dates will be REQUIRED at check in. Birds without hatch dates from hatchery will not be accepted.


2023 Ohio Youth Poultry Clinic - March 18

2023 Poultry Clinic - July 10, Harvest Ridge

2022 Poultry Resource Packets





2022 Skillathon Study Guides

Holmes County Poultry Study Guide and Terminology

2023 Pullorum Testing: July 25 by appointment

•All poultry must have NPIP (National Poultry Improvement Plan) paperwork from the hatchery where the birds were obtained. If you hatch your own birds or obtain them from anywhere other than an NPIP approved hatchery, the birds must have a pullorum  test 30 days or less prior to fair check in.  This test is at the cost of the exhibitor.  THIS PAPERWORK MUST ACCOMPANY THE BIRDS AT THE TIME OF CHECK IN AT THE FAIR.

Poultry Project Resource Guides

Poultry Resources