Due to Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND), a contagious and fatal viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous, and digestive systems of birds and poultry, the CA State Fair will not showcase any birds or poultry.

VND is not a food safety concern. No human cases of Newcastle disease have ever occurred from eating poultry products. Properly cooked poultry products are safe to eat. For more information regarding VND, please click here.

Someone holding a chicken


Quick Facts

Chicken Terminology

  • Galline: Scientific Name
  • Chick: Offspring / Newborn
  • Pullet: Young Female
  • Hen: Mature Female
  • Cockerel: Young Male
  • Rooster: Mature Male
  • Brood: Group of Chickens


Turkey Terminology

  • Meleagrine: Scientific Name
  • Poult: Offspring / Newborn
  • Jenny: Young Female
  • Hen: Mature Female
  • Jake: Young Male
  • Tom: Mature Male
  • Rafter: Group of Turkeys
Turkey looking at the camera
A lady holding a golden bear trophy and ribbon with her turkey
Little chick in a box