University of Maryland Extension

Poultry

There are many different species of poultry that can be raised - from chickens to ostriches! The species you decide to raise will depend on the type of production you want to be involved with as well as your own personal preference. Poultry is usually classified into three categories: 1) egg layers, 2) meat-type, and 3) dual purpose. As a producer, select the characteristic that is most important for your production purposes. For more information check out the University of Maryland Extension Poultry website.

General | Economics | Processing | Housing | Health | Nutrition

General

  • Developing a Free-Range poultry Enterprise
    In this presentation, University of Maryland Extension provides this a focused on the Introduction to Developing a Free Range Poultry Enterprise covering startup costs, housing options, bedding, and more.

  • Poultry: A Guide to Anatomy and Selected Species
    University of Illinois provides an overview of poultry in their publication Poultry: A Guide to Anatomy and Selected Species. This publication includes anatomy and a general overview of chickens, turkeys, ducks, guinea fowl, and more.
General | Economics | Processing | Housing | Health | Nutrition

Economics

  • Broiler Budget
    Get access to a Broiler Enterprise Budget and sample Cash Flow Statement from the University of Maryland Extension Poultry website.
General | Economics | Processing | Housing | Health | Nutrition

Processing

  • Processing Chickens (ASC-210)
    Learn the process, step-by-step on how to harvest poultry meat from this short University of Kentucky Extension publication on Processing Chickens.
General | Economics | Processing | Housing | Health | Nutrition

Housing

  • Small Scale Poultry Housing (2902-1092)
    Utilize Virginia Cooperative Extension publication on Small Scale Poultry Housing to learn about space requirements, lighting, perches, ventilation, and more.
General | Economics | Processing | Housing | Health | Nutrition

Health Management

  • Avian Disease Fact Sheet (2902-1094)
    Virginia Cooperative Extension introduces poultry health with their Avian Disease Fact Sheet covering transmission, prevention, and management.
General | Economics | Processing | Housing | Health | Nutrition

Nutrition Management

  • How Much Will My Chickens Eat? (ASC-191)
    How much chickens eat depends upon many factors and may be driven by your desired outcome.  Learn about the factors and much more from this publication from University of Kentucky Extension.  Charts and cheat sheet included.
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