Upstate Laying Flock Project

Laying Flock Banner Image

2019 Upstate Region 4-H Laying Flock Project


The Laying Flock Project is designed for youth that already have chickens at home and are not interested in raising new birds from 4-H this year. Participants in this project have the same opportunities to show as those in the Pullet Chain.  


  • Open to youth 5-18 years of age, as of January 1, 2019.  
  • Cost is $10 per participant.
  • Printable Registration / Contract for Laying Flock (see below)
  • Youth who are not already members of 4-H for the 2018-2019 project year will be required to complete a membership form and submit a $10 membership fee to their local Clemson Extension Office. You will be contacted by your local 4-H Agent following the registration period to complete this part of the process. With membership youth will receive a shirt.


  • Age Divisions: (all ages are as of January 1, 2019)
    • Cloverbud, 5-8 years of age
    • Junior, 9-13 years of age
    • Senior, 14-18 years of age
  • Each youth will receive a project record book that must be completed and turned in to their local 4-H Agent in October. Books will be judged and returned to the youth in November.
  • Youth are expected to show in a minimum of one showmanship show during the project year. The Show season begins the first week of September and continues through October. There are currently plans for five shows in the region and there should be one close to you.

Timeline for 2019 Laying Flock Project

  • February 28, 2019:  Your registration and payment must be received by 4-H.
  • Early May:  Youth will receive their project record book.
  • August through October:  Showmanship Show season (Show dates will be announced by the end of July)
  • Late October: Record book to be turned in to local 4-H Agent for judging.

   Access a printable Registration Form for Upstate Poultry 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What's the refund policy?

For the Laying Flock Project, there will be no refunds after May 1, 2019.

Can I participate in both the Laying Flock Project and the Pullet Chain?

While we will not turn anyone down that wishes to compete in both projects, the only difference would be that the participant would be expected to complete two separate record books. Access to the shows is open to participants from both projects.

Will Laying Flock participants and Pullet Chain participants compete against each other at the shows?

Yes. You will have participants from both projects competing together. The focus of the judges at the shows is on the youth, not the bird, so there is no advantage given to one project or the other.

Do I have to use my project bird at the shows?

While we encourage youth to use their project bird, it is not a formal requirement. There are instances where it may be warranted for youth to use a different bird. For example, some of our youngest 4-H'ers have difficulty holding a larger bird. In these cases it is acceptable for them to use an alternate bird, that may be a 'better fit' for them. 

Can cockerels / roosters be used as the show bird?

No. All show birds must be pullets / hens for Upstate's Region sponsored shows. Other regions may have different rules. If you choose to sign up for a show not in our region, check with the organizer of the show to determine their rules.

Will our birds have to be blood tested?

In South Carolina, you cannot legally bring a chicken to any type of public setting where it could potentially come in contact with birds from other farms unless it has been blood tested (and banded) for pullorum within 90 days of that event. Your 4-H Agent will arrange a time to blood test your show bird and, for those in our pullet chain project, the birds that you intend to bring to the final auction. Blood testing is generally done starting in August.