4-H POULTRY JUDGING EVENTS
JUDGING PAST EGG PRODUCTION HENS
In past egg production classes, four live hens are judged and ranked according to the number of eggs they have laid before the contest. They are ranked from the most eggs produced to the least.
First place the class on pigmentation.
The hen that has bleached the most should be placed first.
If two birds have the same pigment loss, use handling quality to split the pair.
The bird with the better handling quality is placed above the other.
Two birds with equal bleaching and handling quality are placed on differences in abdominal capacity.
The hen with the larger abdomen is the better layer.
Health and vigor are not used in placing the birds,
but these factors should be described when giving oral reasons.
In a poultry judging contest, participants are able to handle the hens, but only one at a time.
It is not possible to compare hens side-by-side.
To accurately place a class of hens it is important to make detailed notes on
the pigmentation, handling qualities, abdominal capacity and molt for each hen.
These notes are then used to place the class.