Click here for Small Animal General Information.

This page will also provide county-specific information for the following projects:

Companion Animals Goats Poultry Rabbits

215 Cavy

135BD Breeding-Dairy Goat

150CE Chicken Exhibition

228BR Breeding Rabbit

216 Purr-fect Pals, Level 1

135BM Breeding-Meat Goat

150CM Chicken Market

228MA Market Rabbit

217 Climbing Up, Level 2

135F Fiber Goat

150CEP Chicken, Egg Production

228PE Pet Rabbit

218 Leaping Forward, Level 3

135H Harness Goat

150DE Duck Exhibition


200, 201, 202 Dog Projects

135M Market-Dairy, Meat, or Cross

150DM Duck Market


220 Pocket Pets

135P Pack Goat

150GE Goose, Exhibition



135PY Pygmy Goat

150TE Turkey, Exhibition




150TM Turkey, Market


General Information

Small Animal Important Dates 2023
  • Small Animal Clinic - April 29, 11 AM, Fairgrounds. More information TBA.
Livestock Registrations Due june 15

Livestock project registrations are due by 4 PM June 15 to the Extension office for small livestock - Pygmy Goats, Dairy and Pack (Utility) Goats, Fancy Poultry/Water Fowl, and Breeding Rabbit. Registration forms are included with individual project guidelines.

Junior Fair Entries Due

Members enrolled in any small livestock project (excludes companion animals) are required to turn in a Junior Fair Entry Form. Junior Fair Entries are due August 7 ONLINE ONLY. No late entries accepted.

For additional dates, refer to the Livestock Requirement Summary.

See the Tuscarawas County Fair Booklet for entry information.

2023 Fair Check-in Dates To be Announced

Dates TBA.

Companion Animals



Scrapie Tag Requirements - All Goats

USDA Goat Requirements Fact Sheet - explaining the national scrapie eradication program - for the following goat projects: 135BD, 135BM, 135H, 135P, and 135PY. Scrapie tags must be in the animal before they arrive at the fairgrounds (including the June tag-in). Contact us with any questions.

There will not be a county-wide tag-in for 2023. Instead, market goat exhibitors should complete and submit the project registration form along with color pictures that show the scrapie tag affixed to the goat's ear. Forms are due by 4:00 p.m. on June 15, 2023, to the Extension office.




Poultry Pick-up Dates

Turkey Poults - Thursday, May 18, 11 AM - 4:30 PM. Members/Families were sent an email through 4-H Online 5/17 with information and again on 5/18. Pick up is at Gerber & Sons Country Farm and Garden (1487 State Rt. 39 NW, Dover). Poults must be picked up by 4:30 p.m.! Gerber's closes at 5 and we have no one to stay after 4:30! Make arrangements for someone else to pick up your birds if you cannot.

NOTE: Before picking up birds, be sure to have your brooder set up and ready to go. You should have a heat light, feed, water, and shavings in a protected area.

turkey Pullorum Testing

Dates TBA.

Poultry Resource Handbook

The 150R Poultry Resource Handbook will not be available for 2023. However, members are to use the resource information received with their project book from previous years. Members taking a poultry project for the first time should receive resource information; this can be indicated on the 4-H Project Book and Resources Order Form. Below is additional information that members can use to help them in their poultry project.

Easily accessible articles about poultry are directly available on the Poultry Resources webpage. These articles were available through the eXtension website (listed on the Poultry Resources for Ohio handout) but have been collected and converted into easy-to-read and nicely formatted PDFs.

Also available is a collection or articles called Basic Information About Chickens (143 pages). Volunteers and members are welcome to download this document themselves. Copy charges apply if printed at the Extension office.

The American Standard of Perfection 2015 from the American Poultry Association is the ultimate resource for anyone raising chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, and guinea fowl. Current edition and price are available online from APA at

The Bantam Standard 2011 from the American Bantam Association supports bantam breeders and their special interests. Current edition and price are available online from ABA at

National 4-H Poultry Judging - You may want this optional resource for evaluating poultry. It is a good reference to study before participating in a judging contest. Current edition and price are available online from University of Nebraska-Lincoln at




Breeding Rabbit Check-in/Tattooing

Date TBA.

If the animal already has a tattoo, complete a project registration form and submit to the Extension office no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 15, 2023. (Project Registration Form is included with the project guidelines, found here.)

Market Rabbit Check-in Date

Date TBA.

Market Rabbit Tattooing

Market Rabbit Tattooing will take place August 26, 2023, from 9-10 AM at the fairgrounds.