Poultry Certification Opportunity for Adults and Youth

A Backyard Poultry Certification Course with 6 modules was created by Franklin County’s Ag & Natural Resources Educator (Tim McDermott) as a self-paced course to learn about husbandry, nutrition, biosecurity, egg production, and disease prevention in backyard poultry.  Attached is a flyer with a QR code (also below) to access the course which costs $25 (Super cheap!)  It can also be accessed at   go.osu.edu/chicken or you can share the page link on Growing Franklin HERE

Some uses for your county client-residents:

  • It makes a great holiday gift for that hard to buy person.
  • You can share this if you have a city or municipality in your county that requires a certificate to keep backyard poultry.
  • You have a 4H kiddo or county resident who wants to keep poultry but does not know where to start.
  • You have a city or municipality that is considering an ordinance and needs some guidance.

Flyer for more information: Backyard Poultry Marketing Flyer


You’re invited – Jr. Fair Poultry Exhibitor Meeting: November 16th

Sent on behalf of Fairfield County Junior Fair Poultry Superintendents:

Junior Fair Poultry Exhibitors and 4-H/FFA Advisors,

As a Fairfield County Junior Fair poultry exhibitor family, the Junior Fair Poultry Superintendents are inviting you to come and talk about the 2023/2024 Poultry Shows on Thursday, November 16th, 2023, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Fairfield County Ag Center/OSU Extension Office. We hope that you can join us at this open meeting!

Stay Connected at Fair – Junior Fair Department Social Media Pages

Junior Fair Horses

  • Join Remind101 using code @jfhorse

Junior Fair Swine

Junior Fair Beef

Junior Fair Poultry

Junior Fair Rabbits

Junior Fair Pygmy Goats

Drug Use Notification Forms – due at NOON, Friday, October 6th for Market Beef/Dairy Market Feeders/Lactating Dairy Cows & Dairy Goats/Market Hogs/Market Goats/Market Lambs

Animals must be drug free by weigh-in day of fair. Each member must complete a Drug Use Notification Form (DUNF) (http://go.osu.edu/fairfielddunf) form online for each animal they plan to exhibit prior to weigh-in at the fair. If the forms are not correctly completed, exhibitors will not be permitted to show. The link to the form will open on Monday, October 2nd (as forms should be completed more than 5 days before fair weigh-in).

  • Animals requiring a DUNF indicating the animal is free from any/all drugs in its system on fair weigh-in/move-in day are:
    • Market Beef
    • Dairy Beef Feeder
    • Dairy Cow (lactating)
    • MQP Barrow
    • Market Barrow
    • Market Gilt
    • Market Goat
    • Dairy Goat (lactating)
    • Market Chicken
    • Market Turkey
    • Market Duck
    • MQP Lamb
    • Market Lamb
    • Market Rabbit (new for 2023)
  • Forms should be completed no sooner than 5 days prior to animal weigh-in to be sure that their animal is drug free during fair.
  • Forms submitted prior to that timeframe will be deleted and exhibitors will be asked to resubmit the DUNF form closer to their animal’s weigh-in. All animals being brought to the fair requiring DUNF forms will need to submit their forms by 12:00 p.m., Friday, October 6, 2023.
  • The only EXCEPTION to the Friday deadline will be Market Poultry and Market Rabbits who will complete DUNF Forms AFTER they receive tags/leg bands so they have identification information to enter into the DUNF Form. One form per pen of animals should be completed for Poultry and Rabbits. Deadline for poultry and rabbit exhibitors is MIDNIGHT on Saturday, October 7th.
  • Animals tagged with an EID 840 (15 digit tag) should include the last 6 digits in the identification field of the form.
  • Scrapie Tag numbers DO NOT need to be entered for market goats and market sheep – please use the last 6 digits of your EID 840 tag.
  • There should be ONE form submitted for each animal Exception: Each pen of rabbits and each pen of market chickens will need a form per pen.
  • Turkeys exhibitors will put N/A in the identification field.
  • Market Chicken exhibitors will put all 3 leg band numbers in the same identification field for their pen of chickens.
  • Market Rabbit exhibitors will put both tag numbers for their pair of rabbits in the identification field for their pen of rabbits.

Drug Use Notification Forms – Market Poultry and Market Rabbit Exhibitors (due at midnight on weigh-in day)

Animals must be drug free by weigh-in day of fair. Each member must complete a Drug Use Notification Form (DUNF) (http://go.osu.edu/fairfielddunf) form online for each animal they plan to exhibit prior to weigh-in at the fair. If the forms are not correctly completed, exhibitors will not be permitted to show.

Market Turkeys/Ducks/Chickens and Market Rabbits must complete a Drug Use Notification Form. One form per pen of chickens and one form for each pen of rabbits. 

Due to market poultry and market rabbits not having identification until weigh-in day, you will be able to submit your DUNF form AFTER weigh-in. It must be completed by MIDNIGHT on Saturday, October 7th.

Volunteers Needed: Poultry Barn Setup on October 1

We will once again be housing poultry in the former booth building adjacent to the #50 Show Arena. This building worked out so well for us last year and we are excited to be back. The one downside is that we can’t set up anything until the weekend before the fair due to the antique show the previous weekend that uses our building and the fair staff needing time to clean the building and such.
Our set up date will Sunday Oct 1 starting at noon. We hope to be done by 4PM, but will stay as long as we need to. Last year we had a nice group (25-30) and it only took 2-3 hours to get the work done. If you need to arrive late or leave early, that is fine as well. Even if you can be there for an hour, that will be very helpful.
Please post here if you are able to help. And spread the word with your club members, etc. All are welcome even if you don’t show poultry. Good opportunity for service hours for those needing them.
Thanks in advance and we look forward to your help.
-Poultry Committee

Poultry Exhibitors – Read this to prepare for Skillathon!

2023 Skillathons will include 4 stations – Project Interview, Breeds, Parts, and Feed Identification.

Unfortunately, there is no resource book available for Poultry. Poultry Resources are available here online: https://ohio4h.org/poultry#Resources

FFA Exhibitors are encouraged to check with their FFA Chapter to see if Skillathon Kits or 4-H Resource Books are available to study as many chapters do have these items as classroom resources.

Project Record Books for 4-H and FFA should be for the CURRENT project year and as up to date as possible on Skillathon day. Project Books will be reviewed on Skillathon days. They will be returned to you at the fair during your specie’s show.

Additionally, regarding feed identification, we have prepared this document to help you study: Poultry Feed One Sheet. These are all ingredients commonly found in poultry feed.

2023 Fairfield County Skillathon Scheduling is Now OPEN!

The Fairfield County Junior Fair will require the completion of at least one Skillathon per 4-H/FFA exhibitor in order to show at 2023 Fairfield County Junior Fair for all beef, dairy, goat, poultry, rabbit (except Pet Rabbits), sheep, swine, dog, horse, alpaca/llama projects.
The Fairfield County Skillathon event will be held September 9th and 24th at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. For additional Skillathon information, please review the 2023 Junior Fair Book.
  • Fairfield County youth interested in competing for any Fairfield County Premier Exhibitor Award must complete the COUNTY Skillathon in each respective specie they play to compete in.
    • Example: Exhibitor wishes to compete for Swine Premier Exhibitor Award and Poultry Premier Exhibitor Award must complete both the swine and poultry Fairfield County Skillathons on September 9th (swine) and 24th (poultry).
    • For more information about 2023 Premier Exhibitor Contests, please review this area of the 2023 Junior Fair Book.
  • Youth will be asked to complete a tiebreaker question at Skillathon – this will be used to break ties for Premier Exhibitor and/or Skillathon if needed.
  • Skillathon Species for Saturday, September 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. include: Beef, Dairy Beef, Swine, Sheep, Meat Goats, Dairy Cattle
  • Skillathon Species for Sunday, September 24th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. include: Pygmy Goats, Dairy Goats, Horses, Alpacas/Llamas, Poultry Rabbits
  • Dog Exhibitors will complete the Skillathon at Dog Check-In Day on Saturday, August 26th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Please note that Skillathon times are meant to schedule exhibitors throughout the day and we will do our best to stay on track with time. It is important for families to stick to their Skillathon time to keep our lines moving efficiently. Exhibitors will have 5 minutes per station and should be completed with Skillathon in 20-30 minutes ONCE they start through their respective Skillathon line.
  • Fairfield County Skillathons will take place at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.
  • Scheduling for Skillathon is now open – click here to schedule for each Skillathon you wish to participate in: http://go.osu.edu/signup4skillathon.
  • Skillathon Awards: The Top Junior and Top Senior Skillathon Winner will receive an award. Additionally, the Top 20% of Juniors and Seniors will receive a ribbon at their respective specie’s show at the fair in October.

Congrats! Ohio State Fair In-Person Skillathon Results – POULTRY

Congratulations to Fairfield County 4-H/FFA members completing the Ohio State Fair In-Person Skillathon for Poultry. For a complete list of Ohio State Fair Skillathon Results, visit: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-4-h-skillathons

Age 10:

  • Garrett Basnett, 1st Place

Age 11:

  • Gracie Weber, 6th Place

Age 12:

  • Hunter Basnett, 1st Place
  • Chase Deahl, 2nd Place

Age 15:

  • Logan Basnett, 6th Place