Backyard/Small Flock Chickens

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Interested in owning a small flock? Do you already have a small flock? Raising a backyard flock can be very rewarding for the entire family. There is an activity for every member of the family to participate in when raising poultry. Small flock owners raise birds for several different reasons:

•  Meat       •  Eggs      •  4-H      •  Shows & exhibitions      •  Game birds      •  Business       •  Pets       •  Poultry clubs       •  Fun 

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. There are a large number of breeds of birds so your choices on types of birds to raise are endless!           

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 Backyard Poultry - Small Flocks for Fun and Food! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

Backyard Farming Zoom Sessions - Video Series

Keeping Your Flock Healthy

Feed quality, health, biosecurity, etc. (Feb. 2, 2024)

Mixing and Making Your Own Feed

Is it right for me? (Feb. 9, 2024)

Pasture Poultry Basics

Advantages and Disadvantages of Raising Poultry on Pasture (Feb. 16, 2024)

Small Flock Economics

Small Flock Poultry Budgets (Feb. 23, 2024)

Poultry 911

Health problems you should watch for and what to do in a poultry emergency

Poopology 101

What poop can tell you about the health of your birds

Pooper Scoopin'

How to collect fecal samples and how to get them analyzed

Manure and Mortalities

Ways to deal with waste

Small Flock Production Basics

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