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Poultry Project

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Poultry Project Resources What to Expect at Fair
Poultry ID Clinic

About the Poultry Project

Designed to help members learn about chickens, turkeys and other poultry. Members will acquire an understanding of scientific poultry management and marketing practices. Members will also gain knowledge of the poultry industry and its role in agriculture and the economy.

Members will receive a printed resource manual when they sign up for market chicken, egg production, duck and goose project.

The following Poultry project manuals are out of print and under revision, so they are only available online. Click below to download:

Poultry Project Resources

Follow these links below for more information, tools and tips for your poultry project.

Before you decide which breed(s) of chickens to raise, view the website below for information on many different breeds of chicken, including variety, class, type, origin, productivity, egg color and size, combs, ear lobes, skin color, broodiness, hardiness, maturing and behavior.

All Poultry manuals can be accessed from the Colorado State website. Follow the links to the appropriate manual:

What to Expect at the 2017 Boulder County Fair

Follow these links below for information to help prepare your poultry project for Fair.


Donations for awards and supplies are greatly appreciated.

Poultry needs your support to cover all of the show expenses.  Please donate directly to/at the Fair Office. Be sure to specify that the donation is for poultry. THANK YOU!

Running a Poultry Show is Work!

Below is a list of items that we could use.  If you can bring anything off this list – THANK YOU!  Please bring when Fair starts.

  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes
  • Fly Swatters
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Egg Cartoons
  • Tape (Scotch & Masking)
  • Rubber Bands
  • Paper Clips
  • Cardboard (25” X 27” – approximately / to fit between cages in case of fighting birds)
  • Thank You Cards
  • Stamps

Poultry Barn Watch at Fair

SIGN UP ON DOODLE POLL – Enter your name, check dates and times, click on “Save”.

We need your help during Fair.  We have a lot of visitors through the barn each and every day of Fair and it’s always good to have a poultry person on hand to answer any questions, give guidance, and make sure all the birds are safe.  The Poultry Team is usually in the barn, but sometimes we’d like a break, so if you could take a shift during Fair it would be greatly appreciated!

Duties include:  Sweeping isles, checking water on all birds, keeping the birds safe, i.e. if someone is poking their finger through the cage at a bird – asking them to please be nice.  Making sure no balloons or dogs enter the barn.  Talking with the public and basically just being a presence.

Shifts are:
10:00 – 1:00
1:00  – 3:00
3:00 – 6:00
6:00 – 9:00

We are open to the public from Tuesday, August 4 until Sunday, August 9.  The barn will be closed to the public on Monday, August 3 while birds are being sorted.

Thanks in advance for helping!

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.