4-H judge questions?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ChickGirl4Life, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. ChickGirl4Life

    ChickGirl4Life In the Brooder

    This is going to be my first year in 4-H and I want to know what kind of questions the judge will ask me.
  2. Anne

    Anne Songster

    Feb 11, 2007
    Bellingham, WA
    If anyone knows the answer to this I'm interested too... I have a kid who's almost old enough for 4-H. [​IMG]
  3. silkieroo

    silkieroo Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Durham NH
    Mostly about your bird.... what breed, what is it used for, what is its color ect. you should also know what you feed it and your birds breeds history. Also you should know the parts of the birds and the technical names. And of course just general info on care and keeping of chickens, and most importantly if you don't know the answer to a question just say "I'm sorry i don't know"! I can't tell you how many kids of seen choke if they don't know the answer! This is for fun and you are not expected to know everything. Anyhoo Good Lluck and feel free to PM me with any questions!! I love 4-H it's such a fun learning experience! Oh and BTW what breed(s) are you showing??
  4. ChickGirl4Life

    ChickGirl4Life In the Brooder

    I'm going to show a Black Cochin.[​IMG]
  5. silkieroo

    silkieroo Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Durham NH
    Oh cool! I love cochins! Bantam or LF?
  6. ChickGirl4Life

    ChickGirl4Life In the Brooder

  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
  8. WallTenters

    WallTenters Songster

    Feb 16, 2010
    Sweet Home, OR
    Know your breed's history, what their primary uses are, other breeds in their class..

    Also know what are disqualifications in your breed, or what might be okay for your breed but is a disqualification for another breed (example: the Japanese must have a squirrel tail, this is a disqualification in every other breed... ).

    Read up on poultry diseases, what preventions there are, the signs of infection, and what treatment if any.

    AND WATCH THE OLDER SHOWMEN!!!!! If you have any chances at all to see more advanced 4-Hers in their showmanship classes, please do so! I know the carnival is calling, but this will give you a huge heads up! These showmen aren't always right, so make sure you remember or even write down the questions they were asked, then go find the answer from a reputable source. Ask your leader, and ask the judge after the show if they can give the correct answer to some of the questions (such as a disease question, etc.)

    Look up everything chicken. As you advance in the showmanship ranks, you will eventually have to handle another exhibitor's bird, so will have to know about that breed as well! [​IMG] Always fun! Learn about different color patterns, comb types, etc.

    Most of all, HAVE FUN! 4H is a blast. If you aren't happy with your leader/group or how you do this year, don't be discouraged, look for a different leader and just look forward to next year. I have had some terrible leaders that made that year of 4H living hell, but once I got good leaders it was much funner and I learned so much more.

    And if you haven't gotten your bird yet.. I might suggest trying a bantam Cochin instead of Large Fowl... sometimes you have to hold those birds forever and they get heavy. If you already have them, that's fine! You will want a nice calm bird, and teach them how to walk on the table with the pointer sticks. That's always interesting [​IMG]
  9. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada
    ok things seem to differ in canada so do not count me on this [​IMG]

    but the judges ask us

    "show width"
    "show tail"
    "set bird down"
    "pick bird up"
    "show left wing"
    "right wing"

    those kind of things, then maybe DQ's, and may switch with bird next to you...

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