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Basic Flock Management

There are many different species of poultry that you can raise. The species you decide to raise will depend on the type of production you want to be involved with as well as personal preference. Below are several different species of birds that can be raised:

   Peafowl      Swans       Pheasants      Guineas     ducks

   Turkeys      Quail         Pigeons         Ducks    

   Chickens    Partridge    Doves           Ratites

There are several breeds of birds within each species so your choices on the types of birds to raise are endless! It is important to choose the type of bird that will meet your production needs. There are three main production categories for birds. 

1. Egg Production          

2. Meat Production

3. Show/Exhibit

Special care and requirements vary for each type of production. Some birds can be raised for multi-purposes. Pay close attention to nutritional needs and care for various types of birds to gain maximum production.

Basic Management of Intensive Poultry Production - J. Moyle, Ph.D.



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