Showing poultry at 2019 Cornish Fair

4-H Poultry Show virtual event

Thu, 07/23/2020

Because there will not be the opportunity to show in a 4-H fair this summer we are excited to bring to you two 4-H virtual poultry events:

July 16th - Learn how to wash your chicken and get ready for the show

July 23rd - It is show time – learn the basics of showing your chicken

These events will be held at 12:00 noon on each day via Zoom. Register through 4Honline and you’ll then be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link. You can join one or both sessions.

Don’t have a chicken? No problem … you can join the zoom just to watch and learn. If you have a chicken it must be fully feathered.

This event is open to all 4-Hers enrolled in the poultry project. For Cloverbuds and Novices this will be a great introduction to showing poultry. For the Intermediate and Seniors members it will be a great refresher course. 

The materials needed for the Learn To Wash event on the 16th are listed below. You should handle your bird everyday so that it behaves during the Show on the 23rd.

Questions? Contact Jolee Chase, 4-H Program Manager, at

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer. UNH, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and New Hampshire counties cooperating. For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact prior to the event. Given ample time, we will make any reasonable effort to make accommodations.

Supplies needed to wash your chicken and be ready for the show:

  1. A bird you have been working with
  2. Mild dish soap
  3. Three tubs or a 5-gallon bucket of warm water to bathe and rinse your bird. You can use a utility tub with warm running water if you have one instead of the three tubs. A handheld shower head is also nice to use.
  4. Warm water
  5. Towels
  6. Show cages or other clean cages
  7. Hair dryer (If in a hurry)
  8. Toothbrush
  9. Sponge
  10. Cotton balls and styptic powder – to stop bleeding in case the nails and beak are cut too short
  11. Nail Clipper with file
  12. Newspaper (If the birds are drying in the house)