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!             

Calendar of Events for Backyard/Small Flock Poultry:

Backyard Farming Zooms at Noon on Fridays in February!
  • Register for one or all of the classes here:  https://go.umd.edu/chickenmanure  

    • February 3:    Poultry 911 - Health Problems and What to Do in a Poultry Emergency

    • February 10:  Poopology - What Poop Can Tell You About the Health of Your Birds

    • February 17:  Pooper Scoopin' - How to Collect Fecals and Get Them Analyzed

    • February 24:  Manure and Mortalities (M&M) - Ways to Deal with Waste

      You can also call Maegan Perdue at 443-523-4389 for help or if you do not have internet access.

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