4-H Winterfest offers participants an opportunity to experience an overnight camp setting and learn about project areas.

Avian Influenza


On June 1, 2015, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development made the difficult decision to cancel all 2015 poultry and waterfowl exhibitions to help prevent the potential introduction of avian influenza to Michigan. In lieu of showing live birds at fairs and exhibitions, Michigan State University Extension has created alternatives to ensure that the time and talent that Michigan 4-H’ers have invested in their projects is respected. Contact your county 4-H program coordinator for more information, and visit  



Poultry Clinic Participant

Curious how many eggs chickens lay?

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to a gentleman on the other side. When the chicken asked, “What’s your name?” the gentleman replied, “Bond. James Bond. What’s yours?” The chicken responded, “Ken. Chic Ken.”

Seriously, if you’ve ever pondered the question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, you’ll have the chance to try to discover the answer when you participate in a 4-H poultry project. If chickens aren’t your style, you could try turkeys, ducks, geese, pheasants, pigeons or coturnix (Japanese quail).

Come on! Don’t be a chicken! Be a good egg and give it a try!


For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:

Katie Ockert, 4-H Animal Science Educator
Email: ockertka.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 517-432-5270


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