WI International Poultry Show

The WI International Poultry Show will be held September 28-29, 2013 at the Columbia County Fair grounds, Portage WI.

Entry Due Date is September 7th.  Entries that are postmarked or hand delivered to the show secretary after that date will be returned without being processed. Payment and required health papers must accompany entry. No late entries accepted! Please don’t call to ask for exceptions. No Emailed entries will be accepted.

Revision of state egg rules announced

A newly proposed rule revision related to eggs that was approved by ag board members last week won’t put an end to the handwritten signs at the end of Wisconsin driveways that proclaim “fresh eggs for sale.” Steve Ingham, administrator of the Food Safety Division at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, said Wisconsin produces about 1.4 percent of the nation’s eggs. While that may seem like a small percentage, it ranks the state 18th and translates to about 1.28 billion eggs (in 2011 data).

The board agreed to move ahead with the first steps in revision of the state’s egg grading, handling and labeling regulations and revision (if necessary) of other rules that may deal with flock health and sanitation at the farm level; grading sanitation and temperature control, packaging and labeling at egg processing facilities; and safe transportation, handling and storage of eggs for retail sale.

WI State Farmer article

2013 Youth Photography Contest

The 11th annual Wisconsin International Poultry Show Youth Photography Contest will be held at the Wisconsin International Poultry Show, September 28-29, 2013. Prizes will be awarded to the top four winners in each age category. The final entry date is September 3, 2013. 2013 WJPA Photo Contest form

Examples of 2012 entries

duck in water

Toni Opyt, 16
Beecher, IL

Rooster crowing in marigolds
Lauren Thompson,8
Woodville, WI

2013 Avian 4-H Quiz Bowl

roosterThe Avian Quiz Bowl will consist of three- or four-member teams. Teams will be quizzed on various aspects of poultry and eggs from hatching to management to cooking, competing against other teams in a game show format.

There will be both a junior (under 14 yr) and senior (14-18 yr) division. Senior division winners will represent the State of Wisconsin at the 4-H National Poultry & Egg Conference held in Louisville, KY.

The Quiz Bowl competition will be held on September 28 at approximately 2:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin International Poultry Club Annual Show at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, Portage, WI. Advanced registration is due by September 1, 2013.
2013 Avian Quiz Bowl information


2013 Poultry Surprise Youth contest

The Wisconsin International Poultry Club invites interested youth to apply for the Pullet Surprise. The lucky winners in each of two categories will receive a pair of show quality purebred fowl, complete with an incubator, caging, feed, a copy of the 2011 edition of The American Standard of Perfection, a one-year membership in the WIPC, and a poultry carrier for submitting a 500 word or less essay. Essays must be postmarked by August 20, 2013. For more information see Pullet Surprise 2013

Pullorum testing certification seminars in April

Pullorum testing is overwhelmingly popular this year, so to accommodate the requests DATCP has scheduled two training seminars. The first will be held Wednesday evening, April 10, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the main office of the Hancock Agricultural Research Station, located at N3909 County Rd V, Hancock, Wis. The second will be held Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon in the 1st floor Board Room of DATCP headquarters located at 2811 Agriculture Drive in Madison. Both seminars are for people who would like to become a certified pullorum tester for poultry in Wisconsin. There is no cost to attend the seminar. (more…)

Columbia County Avian team goes National

2012 Columbia county Avian Bowl team

The team consisted of Chance Richards, Katelyn Peckham, Chase Richards and Jake Collins.

The Columbia County Avian Bowl Team won the State Avian Bowl in September and advanced to the National 4-H Avian Bowl.  The team consisted of Chance Richards, Katelyn Peckham, Chase Richards and Jake Collins.  The Avian Bowl is a double elimination contest for state teams held during the National 4H Egg and Poultry Convention in Louisville, Kentucky (November 14,15, 2012). Contestants must have comprehensive knowledge of several species of poultry, food safety, physiology, nutrition, eggs, and other related subjects. This was the very first time Columbia County had a team participate at the National 4H Egg and Poultry Convention and compete in the Avian Bowl.  (more…)

Lead in eggs from urban chickens

Recently, there have been some articles in the press about levels of lead in eggs from urban chicken flocks.  Eggs in New York City were tested, and some had relatively high levels of lead.  Source: Worries about lead for New York’s garden fresh eggs.  This problem is not specific to New York City, as I have heard reports of lead in eggs from hens in other cities, including Madison.

The source of lead is likely the soil, as soil tests have shown higher than normal lead levels as well.  This lead may come from lead paints used in the past, manufacturing residues, and/or exhaust fumes from leaded automotive fuels, or possibly from other sources.

In one published article a small flock of hens was observed eating paint chips from a barn.  One showed symptoms of lead poisoning (including ataxia and central nervous system dysfunction), but others did not.  Their eggs contained fairly high levels of lead.  Other than this study, very little research has been published on this topic. Source:  (Lead contamination of chicken eggs and tissues from a small farm flock, Trampel, et al.,  Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation September 2003 vol. 15 no. 5 418-422.

In the research, and in the New York City case, lead was not detected in the whites of the eggs.  Yolks (and shells) were shown to contain lead.

One concern is that ingested lead is deposited in the bones, and then slowly leaches out, so it can be a long-term problem, and one that is not easily corrected.  Even if the chickens are removed from the source of lead, they may continue to deposit lead in their eggs for a long time.

So, what should an urban chicken owner do?  (more…)


Many small flock owners are concerned about keeping their chickens cool on these hot summer days. There are a few things you can do that will help them get through to cooler days in the fall.
Since chickens have a normal body temperature of 104-107 F, they can handle fairly warm temperatures. They don’t sweat like we do, however, so it can be more difficult for them to dissipate heat when the temperatures get quite warm. Birds pant to cool themselves. In doing so, they can breathe out quite a bit of moisture.
These things both lead to the number one priority for chickens in hot weather – water. It should be obvious, but chickens need access to fresh, cool water. Adequate water will go a long way toward keeping the chickens cool. Along with water to drink, water in the environment can be helpful. Spraying the ground around the birds can be helpful. They may get a little dirty, but they will be cooler. Moisture on the birds will help with evaporative cooling, functioning as “sweat” for the birds. Water misted into the airstream from a fan is another way of cooling the air around the chickens. (more…)

H7N3 Avian Influenza Outbreak in Mexico – Reminder to Keep Biosecurity Tight

As has been reported in the news, there is currently an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in western Mexico.  Approximately 10 farms have been found to have the disease, and nearly 1 million chickens have died or have been euthanized in an effort to stop its spread.

This is not the same strain of avian influenza that has been found in Asia for the last several years.  The strain in Asia is H5N1, while the disease in Mexico is caused by an H7N3 strain.

Currently, no humans have been affected by the strain in Mexico.  The H7N3 strain typically does not affect humans, though two poultry workers suffered from conjunctivitis and flu-like symptoms during an H7N3 outbreak in Canada in 2004. (more…)

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