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Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreak in U.S.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI):

Recommended Practices to Minimize Avian Influenza Transmission
at Colorado Poultry Shows and Exhibitions

Standard biosecurity practices are important for Colorado’s poultry community and there is currently a heightened level of risk because of the ongoing highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak across the country. The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr, recommends that poultry owners and event organizers increase their current level of disease prevention practices.

“If your birds show any sign of illness, do not bring any birds from your flock to any event,” said Dr. Roehr. “As the show draws near, bird owners should communicate with event organizers about appropriate disease prevention measures.”

Because of the potential for spillover from wildlife, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has become of significant importance for small poultry producers who often take their birds to fairs, shows, and exhibitions which could increase the potential for the disease to spread.  For more information, to to the link for Recommended Practices.


4-H Poultry / Turkey Projects

The poultry project is designed to help you learn about chickens and other poultry. Through your work in this project, you will acquire an understanding of scientific poultry management and marketing practices. You will gain business experience and insight into the values and principles of purchasing, marketing, financial record keeping and obtaining credit.

Breeding Poultry

This project is for member’s ages 8-18 years old. This project is designed for youth who have little or no experience raising poultry. Members will accomplish the following learning experiences:

  • Learn about poultry and egg parts
  • Learn about poultry breeds
  • How to care for and handle your birds
  • How to select pullets
  • Showing poultry
  • Learn about egg production
  • How to recognize a healthy flock
  • Learn about skeletal structure of birds
  • How to select and judge broilers
  • Learn about pecking orders
  • How to prevent diseases and make an egg candler
  • How to build a budget
  • How to organize a judging clinic
  • How to manage a laying flock
  • How genetics influence poultry characteristics
  • How to handle poultry products safely
  • How to process chickens for food
  • Learn about advances in biotechnology
  • Career in the poultry industry


For educational webinars on raising backyard chicken flocks, you can go to the  link for Raising Backyard Chicken Flocks Webinars.

For specific information about the project, download the Poultry Project Information Sheet.  All of the e-record books can be found on the Colorado 4-H website or you can find them at the link to the e-record books.