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Updated: September 15, 2021

Production - Specific Requirements

There are special requirements for raising birds for different production purposes. The basic requirements are the same with minor changes made for raising layers, meat birds, waterfowl, or ratites.
Updated: September 15, 2021

Coop Construction - General Requirements

The main purpose of housing poultry is protection. For many species, having outside runs in addition to housing provides additional space needed for optimal performance. To protect your birds from predators while they are exploring the outside world, confine poultry with fencing and covered runs.
Image of Coop Construction Directions
Updated: September 15, 2021

Housing Your Small Flock

Housing should provide protection from the elements, predators, injury, and theft. There are several different housing options to choose from that come in almost any shape and size.
Wayfair Chicken Coop
Updated: September 15, 2021

Relationships Between Chicken Vocalizations and Health, Behavior, and Welfare

Chickens of all types use vocalizations to communicate with each other and express their needs. We can gain insight into chicken health, behavior, and overall welfare by understanding how and why chickens vocalize.
Updated: September 9, 2021

Sickness Behavior in Chickens

Chickens of all types use vocalizations to communicate with each other and express their needs. We can gain insight into chicken health, behavior, and overall welfare by understanding how and why chickens vocalize.
Updated: September 2, 2021

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.
Egg-laying chickens in a nesting box.
Updated: August 31, 2021

Raising Your Home Chicken Flock

A successful backyard flock requires sound animal care and management. Good animal care and management includes proper planning, careful management, a biosecurity (disease prevention) plan to control diseases, and a complete and balanced adequate feeding program.
Backyard Chicken Flock
Updated: August 26, 2021

Women In Agriculture Webinar Series on Risk Management: Production

This webpage is the production archives of the Women In Agriculture webinars.
Updated: August 25, 2021

Maryland Regulations for Poultry Product Sales

State or federal inspection is not required if you are producing and processing less than 20,000 birds for meat annually and do not sell other than directly from the farm. You must register any poultry premises with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) as part of their avian influenza control efforts. There are no fees for registering your premises unless you have laying hens in excess of 3,000 birds.
Eggs in a carton
Updated: August 25, 2021

Exhibiting and Registering Your Flock

Maryland regulations for registering and exhibiting poultry at fairs or other shows.
Chicken exhibit at the State Fair