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Poultry

(Discover Agriculture)

By Kerry Cordy

Poultry is defined as domestic fowls, such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, or geese, raised for meat or eggs.  This category can also include other birds which are killed for their meat, such as pigeons or doves or birds considered to be game, like pheasants.  Ostriches and emus are also included.  A separate individual badge can be earned for each type of poultry.

 

Penguins: Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.* What is poultry? Be able to recognize three species of poultry.

_____ 2.* What do people usually raise poultry for? Name at least three reasons.

 

Otter:  Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Choose a specific poultry species to study. Know how to tell a male and female of your species and what they are called.  Be able to identify at least 5 different points of their anatomy. Learn about the life cycle of your species.  What do their eggs look like?  How long do they live?  How often do they lay?

 

Dolphin:  Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Understand how your bird should be housed.  How can you keep it safe from predators?  How is it kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer?  Look through a catalog or store at different types of houses for your bird.  What are the price differences?

 

Butterfly:  Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Know what type of feed your bird needs and which feeds can help fatten or provide resistance to disease for your bird.

 

Eagle:  Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Know the symptoms of three diseases your species in prone to and what to do if they appear in your flock.

 

Owl:  Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:

_____ 1. * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

 

Optional Requirements:

_____ 3.  Raise a bird for either meat or eggs.

_____ 4.  Know what type of feed your bird needs and which feeds can help fatten or provide resistance to disease for your bird.

_____ 5.  Be able to identify three types of poultry that are best raised for meat and three that are best raised for eggs.

_____ 6.  Learn to make a recipe that includes the eggs or meat from your bird.

_____ 7.  Understand how your bird should be housed.  How can you keep it safe from predators?  How is it kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer?  Look through a catalog or store at different types of houses for your bird.  What are the price differences?

_____ 8. Visit a poultry farm either in person or online with the permission of a parent.

_____ 9.  Learn the names of each part of an egg.

_____ 10.  Visit your state or county fair and tour the poultry section.  Take part in it if possible.

_____ 11.  Keep an egg record of eggs produced by your species.  Track the number of birds, eggs gathered each day, and average production.  Learn to cull non-layers and broody hens.

_____ 12.  Learn about molting.  Why a bird molts; what will shorten or lengthen a molt; and feeding requirements during a molt.

_____ 13.  Learn how to hatch an egg.  What temperature does the incubator need to be kept at?  How often do they need to be turned?  How long does it take?

_____ 14.  Be able to candle and pack eggs for market.

_____ 15.  Explain why overcrowding is dangerous for poultry flocks.

_____ 16.  Make a sketch of a layer house or broiler house showing nests, roosts, feeders, water containers, and means of ventilation. Explain how insulation, ventilation, temperature controls, automatic lights, and other environmental controls are used to protect birds from heat, cold, and bad weather

_____ 17. Know the symptoms of three diseases your species in prone to and what to do if they appear in your flock.

_____ 18.  Learn about egg grading laws.  What qualifies an egg in both size and quality?

_____ 19.  Learn to dress and draw your bird and prepare it for either frying or roasting.

_____ 20.  Learn about careers that deal with poultry.  Pick one and find out about the education and training required.

 

Websites:  These websites are not associated with our program and we cannot guarantee their content. Please do not surf the internet without your parent’s permission.

Chicken Crafts http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/chickenhensroosterscraftsideasactivitieskids.html
How to Raise Poultry http://poultryone.com/
Chicken Jokes http://www.jokesnjokes.net/funny.jokes.amusing.humor.laughs/Kids/kidchicken001.htm
Chicken Lesson Plans http://atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/Life_Cycles/Chicken_Life_Cycle/index.shtml

"Egg Story" https://openlibrary.org/books/OL1554484M/Egg_story

It All Starts With an Egg video http...s://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FY-2JtG-HAY

http://www.mypetchicken.com/…/frequently-asked-questions.as…

diagram of chicken https://www.google.com/search…