Poultry

Each year, approximately 800 birds are shown by their exhibitors at the Wisconsin State Fair. Our poultry shows include birds from the chicken, turkey, geese, duck and pigeon families.

Read on below to learn more about poultry terminology, where you can find them at the Fair, and the type of competitions they are shown in during their stay.

Poultry at the Wisconsin State Fair

Quick Chicken & Turkey Facts:

Key Chicken Terminology

  • Rooster: an adult male chicken that is at least one year old
  • Hen: an adult female chicken that is at least one year old
  • Chick: a newly hatched or very young chicken
  • Pullet: a young female chicken under one year of age
  • Cockerel: a young male chicken under one year of age
  • Broiler: a chicken that is raised specifically for meat production
  • Bantam: a small chicken that is often a miniature version of a larger breed
  • Brood: refers to a group of chickens

Key Turkey Terminology

  • Tom: an adult male turkey
  • Hen: an adult female turkey
  • Poult: a newly hatched or very young turkey
  • Jake: a young male turkey under one year of age
  • Jenny: a young female turkey under one year of age
  • Rafter: refers to a group of turkeys

Quick Duck, Geese & Pigeon Facts:

Key Duck Terminology

  • Drake: an adult male duck
  • Hen: an adult female duck
  • Duckling: a newly hatched or very young duck
  • Flock: refers to a group of ducks

Key Geese Terminology

  • Gander: an adult male goose
  • Goose: an adult female goose
  • Gosling: a newly hatched or very young goose
  • Gaggle: refers to a group of geese

Key Pigeon Terminology

  • Cock: an adult male pigeon
  • Hen: an adult female pigeon
  • Squab or Squeaker: a young pigeon that is 30 days old or younger
  • Kit: refers to a group of pigeons

Where Can Poultry Be Found?:

Poultry & Rabbit Palace

Poultry are shown by their exhibitors at the Fair between Wednesday, August 7 – Sunday, August 11.

Poultry will stay in the Poultry & Rabbit Palace as follows:

Aug. 7-8 Poultry (Aug. 8 closes @ 2 pm)
Aug. 9 Poultry (Aug. 9 closes @ 3 pm)
Aug. 10-11 Poultry (Aug. 11 closes @ 5pm)

The Poultry & Rabbit Palace is open daily from 9 am – 9 pm except where noted in the table above.

Compeer Financial Discovery Barnyard

Poultry can also be seen every day during the Fair from 9 am – 9 pm in the Compeer Financial Discovery Barnyard.