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Backyard Chicken Basics (University of Minnesota Extension) PDFHTML

Backyard Poultry: Implications for Public Health and Safety (University of Minnesota) PDF

Basic Guide for the Backyard Chicken Flock (University of Florida) PDF / HTML

Farm Flock Poultry (University of Minnesota) HTML

Home Flock (Mississippi State University) PDF

How to Keep a Small Poultry Flock (New Mexico State University) HTML

Introduction to Pasture-Raised Poultry: Maximizing Foraging Behavior (University of Florida) PDF / HTML

La Cría de Pollos y Gallinas en Menor Escala (University of California-Davis) PDF

Management Guide for the Backyard Flock (University of Georgia) PDF / HTML

Management of the Small Flock of Chickens (Kansas State University) PDF

Match Your Need to the Right Breed: Choosing a Bird for the Home Flock (University of Maine) PDF / HTML

Pastured Poultry, Co-op Style (USDA-SARE) PDF

Pasture Poultry Industry (Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development) PDF / HTML

Pastured Poultry (Manitoba Agriculture and Food) PDF / HTML

Poultry 101: A General Introduction to All Things Poultry (University of Kentucky) HTML

Poultry for the Small Producer (Oklahoma State University) PDF

Poultry for Small Farms (Journey to Forever) HTML

Poultry Your Way: A Guide to Management Alternatives for the Upper Midwest (Minnesota Department of Agriculture) PDF / HTML

Profitable Poultry Production (by M.G. Kains, 1910 - Journey to Forever) HTML

Raising Chickens #1: Setting Up the Space (University of Minnesota Extension) HTML (Video)

Raising Chickens #2: Moving Chicks Into the Space (University of Minnesota Extension) HTML) (Video)

Raising Chickens #3: Supplemental Heat (University of Minnesota Extension) HTML) (Video)

Raising Fowl and Small Animals in Urban Areas (Virginia Tech) PDF

Raising Poultry on Pasture - Research Brief #57 (University of Wisconsin) PDF / HTML

Resource Guide for Owners of Small Poultry Flocks (Kansas State University) PDF

Resources for Small-Scale Poultry Keepers (University of Maine) HTML

Small Flock Management of Poultry (Mississippi State University) HTML

Small Flocks (University of Kentucky) HTML

Small Flock Series: Brooding and Growing Chicks (University of Missouri) PDF / HTML

Small Flock Series: Managing a Family Chicken Flock (University of Missouri) PDF / HTML

Small Poultry Flock (Michigan State University) PDF

Small-Scale Agriculture Alternative: Poultry (Virginia Tech) PDF / HTML

Small Scale Poultry Housing (Virginia Tech) PDF

Sources of Information for Backyard Poultry Keepers (University of Maine) PDF

Starting and Managing Small Poultry Units (University of California-Davis) PDF

Understanding Poultry Meat and Egg Production (Volunteers in Technical Assistance) HTML


Breeds of Poultry

Chicken Breeds and the Colors of Their Eggs (Texas A&M University) PDF

Choosing a Chicken Breed: Eggs, Meat or Exhibition (Purdue University) PDF

Breed Selection - Ducks (University of Kentucky) HTML

Match Your Need to the Right Breed: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks and Geese (University of Maine) HTML

Meat Chicken Breeds for Pastured Production (ATTRA) PDF

Selecting Breeds for Small Flocks (West Virginia University) PDF

Selecting Chickens for Home Use (University of California-Davis) PDF

Six Duck Breeds for Your Small Farm (Big Picture Agriculture) HTML

Standard Bred Poultry - Sources and Resources (University of California-Davis) HTML

What Type of Turkey is Best for Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks? (eXtension) HTML

Which Duck Breed is Best for Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks? (eXtension) HTML


Breeding & Genetics

Breeder Flock Management (Food & Ag Organization of the United Nations) PDF / HTML

Breeding Poultry (University of Kentucky) HTML

Poultry Genetics for Pastured Production (ATTRA) PDF

Poultry Genetics For Small and Backyard Flocks: An Introduction (eXtension) HTML

Poultry Genetics for the Nonprofessional (Sellers Family of Brookings, SD) HTML

Poultry Genetics: The Problems and Interesting Facts About Breeding Poultry (Utility Poultry, UK) HTML

Reversion de Sexo en Pollos (University of Florida) PDF / HTML

Selecting Your Best Turkeys for Breeding (American Livestock Breeds Conservancy) HTML

Sex Reversal in Chickens (University of Florida) PDF / HTML

Standard Bred Poultry Sources and Resources (University of California) PDF

Which Bird Shall I Raise? Genetic Options for Pastured Poultry Producers: Meat-type Chickens and Turkeys (University of California) PDF


Broiler Production

Brooding and Rearing the Home Meat Flock (University of Nebraska) HTML

The Home Broiler Chicken Flock (University of Florida) PDF

The Home Broiler Flock (Texas A&M) PDF

Lighting Program for Small Roaster Flocks (Manitoba Agriculture & Food) PDF / HTML

Management Requirements for Meat Bird Flocks (Virginia Tech) PDF

Meat Chicken Breeds for Pastured Production (ATTRA) PDF

The Small Flock for Poultry Meat (University of Minnesota) HTML


Brooding

Brooding and Rearing Baby Chicks (Oregon State University) PDF

Brooding and Rearing Ducklings and Goslings (University of Missouri) HTML

Brooding and Rearing the Home Meat Flock (University of Nebraska) HTML

Brooding Chickens and Quail (Mississippi State University) PDF

Brooding Temperatures for Small Poultry Flocks (Manitoba Agriculture and Food) PDF / HTML

Métodos de Sexado en Pollitos de un Día de Edad (University of Florida) PDF

Plans for a Portable Brooder House, March 1944 (Manitoba Agriculture and Food) PDF / HTML


Ducks

Backyard Flock Tip... Managing Ducks for Egg Production (University of Georgia Coop Ext) PDF

Breed Selection - Ducks (University of Kentucky) HTML

Brooding and Rearing Ducklings and Goslings (University of Missouri) HTML

Duck Egg Production (Scottish Ag College) HTML

Ducks for the Table (Scottish Ag College) HTML

Duck Housing and Management (Cornell University) HTML

Managing a Small Duck Flock (Ag & Agri-Food Canada) PDF / HTML

Match Your Need to the Right Breed: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks and Geese (University of Maine) HTML

Raising Ducks (University of Minnesota Extension) HTML

Raising Ducks in Small Flocks (University of California) PDF

Six Duck Breeds for Your Small Farm (Big Picture Agriculture) HTML

Which Duck Breed is Best for Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks? (eXtension) HTML


Egg Production

Choice-Feeding of Small Laying Hen Flocks (Manitoba Agriculture and Food) PDF / HTML

Comparing Alternative Laying Hen Breeds (Greenbook 2008, Minnesota Dept of Ag, Sustainable Ag & IPM Program) PDF

Culling Hens (Mississippi State University) HTML

Effects of Excess Egg Size on Down Grading in Table Egg Flocks (Manitoba Ag & Food) HTML

Evaluating Egg Production Hens (University of Minnesota) HTML

Factors Affecting Egg Production in Backyard Chicken Flocks (University of Florida) PDF / HTML

Factors That Influence Egg Production (American Egg Board) HTML

Feeding the Backyard Laying Flock (West Virginia University) PDF

Free-Range Egg Production (Teagasc - the ag & food development authority in Ireland) PDF

Getting Started in the Egg Business (University of California) PDF

Home-Produced Chicken Eggs (Colorado State University) PDF / HTML

Increasing Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Eggs from Small Chicken Flocks (Manitoba Agriculture and Food) HTML

Light for Backyard Flocks (University of Maine) HTML

Management Requirements for Laying Flocks (Virginia Tech) PDF

Molting and Other Causes of Feather Loss in Small Poultry Flocks (Kansas State University) PDF

Omega-3 Enriched Eggs (Flax Council of Canada) HMTL

Preventing Hens from Eating Eggs (Kansas State University) PDF

Prevention of Egg Eating (Virginia Tech) PDF

Producing Omega-3 Enriched Eggs (by Desmond Balance, University of Manitoba) PDF

Production of Eggs and Home-Raised, Home-Butchered Broilers and Turkeys (Kansas State University) PDF

Proper Handling of Eggs: From Hen to Consumption (Virginia Tech) PDF

Raising Your Home Chicken Flock (University of Maryland) PDF

Rearing Chicks and Pullets for the Small Laying Flock (University of Minnesota) HTML

Safe Egg Handling for Small Egg Laying Flocks and Operations (University of Alaska-Fairbanks) PDF

Safe Handling of Eggs from Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks (eXtension) HTML (60-minute webinar)

Small Laying Flock (Texas A&M) PDF

Small-Scale Egg Handling (ATTRA) PDF

Small-Scale Egg Production - Organic and Nonorganic (Pennsylvania State University) PDF / HTML

Tips for Safe Home-Produced Eggs (University of Florida) PDF

Why Have My Hens Stopped Laying? (Virginia Tech) PDF


Exhibiting

Bantams (NCR Ext Publication #209) PDF

Getting Started with Show Broilers (Texas A&M University) PDF

How to Produce Broilers and Roasters for Show (Texas A&M University) PDF

Nutrition and Feeding of Show Poultry (Texas A&M University) PDF

Producing Turkeys for Show (Texas A&M University) PDF

Raising Golden Pheasants (Game Bird Gazette) HTML

Selecting and Preparing Birds for Exhibition (Mississippi State University) PDF

Selecting and Preparing Poultry for Exhibition (Kansas State University) PDF


Geese

Breeder Flock Management (Food & Ag Organization of the United Nations) PDF / HTML

Brooding and Rearing Ducklings and Goslings (University of Missouri) HTML

Brooding and Rearing the Home Goose Flock (University of Nebraska) HTML

Free-Range Goose Production (Teagasc - the ag & food development authority in Ireland) PDF

Geese Raising (New South Wales Department of Agriculture, Australia) HTML

Goose Production for the Table (Scottish Agricultural College) HTML

Raising Geese (University of Minnesota Extension) HTML

Raising Geese (University of California) PDF


Health

Backyard or Urban Poultry Keeping Concerns (University of Minnesota) PDF

Backyard Poultry: Implications for Public Health and Safety (University of Minnesota) PDF

Cannibalism in the Small Poultry Flock (Kansas State University) PDF

Common Poultry Diseases in Small Farm Flocks in Oklahoma (Oklahoma State University) PDF

Diseases of Small Poultry Flocks (University of Minnesota) PDF

Grow Healthy Chicks (Mississippi State University) HTML

Guide to Raising Healthy Chickens (UW Extension) PDF

Keep Your Flock Healthy (University of California) PDF

Marek's Disease in Backyard Chicken Flocks (University of California-Davis) PDF

Medical Management of the Rooster Spur (Ohio State University) PDF / HTML

Molting and Other Causes of Feather Loss in Small Poultry Flocks (Kansas State University) PDF

Preventing Avian Pox ((University of California) PDF

Preventing the Spread of Disease (University of Maryland) HTML

Poultry Diseases and Medications for Small Flocks (University of Connecticut) HTML

Small Flock Poultry Health: Disease Prevention and Good Management (British Columbia Ministry of Ag) PDF

Vaccination of Small Poultry Flocks (University of Florida) PDF / HTML


Incubation & Hatching

Avian Embryo (Mississippi State University) PDF

Common Incubation Problems: Causes and Remedies (University of California) PDF

Hatching and Brooding Small Numbers of Chicks (University of Minnesota) HTML

Hatchery Management Guide for Game Bird and Small Poultry Flock Owners (Mississippi State University) PDF

Incubating Eggs (Virginia Tech) PDF

Incubating Eggs in Small Quantities (University of California) PDF

Incubating Eggs of Domestic Birds (Clemson University) PDF

Incubation and Embryology (University of Illinois) HTML

Incubation for the Home Flock (University of Nebraska) HTML

Trouble Shooting Failures with Egg Incubation (Mississippi State University) HTML


Marketing

Alternative Financial/Organizational Structures of Farm and Agribusiness Firms (Purdue University) PDF

Business Ownership (University of Idaho) PDF

Considerations Before Starting a Small Food-Processing Business (Mississippi State University) HTML

Current Regulations Affecting Sale of Poultry Products or Ready-to-Cook Poultry by Small Producers (Virginia Tech) HTML

Developing and Implementing a Successful Marketing Plan (Purdue University) HTML

Developing a Sensible and Successful Marketing Attitude (Purdue University) HTML

Direct Sale of Poultry (University of Nebraska) HTML

Exploring Value-Added Agriculture (Oregon State University) HTML

Farmer's Market Food Safety (University of Nebraska) HTML

Food Safety for Farmer's Market Vendors (University of Nebraska) HTML

Identifying Domestic Markets: Indirect Marketing of Produce (University of Idaho) PDF

Is Your Agribusiness Project Feasible? (University of Georgia) PDF

Legal Issues for Small-scale Poultry Processors - by state (ATTRA/NCAT) PDF

Marketing Internationally (University of Idaho) PDF

Marketing of Products from Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks (University of Kentucky) HTML

Packing Eggs on the Farm for Direct Sales (Kansas State University) PDF

Planning Your Business (University of Idaho) PDF

Preventing Bacterial Contamination, Medication and Other Chemical Residues in Poultry Meat and Eggs (University of Nebraska) HTML

Pricing Nontraditional Products and Services (University of Idaho) PDF

Raising and Marketing Pastured Turkeys (Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society) HTML

Sale of Locally Home or Farm Raised Poultry (Minnesota Dept of Ag and University of Minnesota Extension) PDF / HTML

Sale of Shell Eggs to Grocery Stores and Restaurants in Minnesota (Minnesota Department of Ag) HTML

Sale of Meat and Poultry Products to Grocery Stores and Restaurants (Minnesota Department of Ag) HTML

Selling Food Products: A Business From Your Home (NCR Publication #259) PDF

Selling Meat and Meat Products (University of California) PDF

Understanding Budgets and Budgeting Process (University of Idaho) PDF

Understanding Farmers' Market Rules (FLAG - Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc.) PDF

Using Enterprise Budgets to Make Decisions About Your Farm (Pacific Northwest Extension Publication #0535) PDF

Using the Claim "Certified Organic By ..." on Meat and Poultry Product Labeling (USDA-FSIS) HTML


Nutrition

Basic Feeding Programs for Small Chicken Flocks (Manitoba Agriculture and Food) HTML

Feeding Chickens (University of California) PDF

Feeding the Backyard Laying Flock (West Virginia University) PDF

Organic Diets for Small Poultry Flocks (Manitoba Agriculture and Food) PDF / HTML

Poultry Nutrition for the Small Flock (Kansas State University) PDF

Small Flock Nutrition (University of Maryland Extension) HTML

Small Scale Poultry Keeping: Feeding (NSW Agriculture, Australia) PDF

Toxicity to Poultry of Common Weed Seeds (University of Florida) PDF / HTML


Processing, Deboning, Cutting

Barbecuing Chicken (Kansas State University) PDF

Barbecuing Mississippi Broilers (Mississippi State University) HTML

Boneless Breast of Chicken (Texas A&M) PDF

Broiler Chicken Deboning (Texas A&M) PDF

Carving the Family Turkey (Texas A&M) PDF

Chicken Cut-up: Commercial Style (Texas A&M) PDF

Chicken Cut-up: Family Style (Texas A&M) PDF

The Cut Up Chicken, Part I (University of Nebraska) HTML

The Cut Up Chicken, Part II (University of Nebraska) HTML

Directory of Custom Poultry Processors in Minnesota (University of Minnesota, Dept of Animal Science) PDF

Homemade Meat, Poultry and Game Sausages (Washington State University) HTML

Home Processing of Chickens (University of Nebraska) HTML

Home Processing of Poultry (University of Minnesota) HTML

Home Processing of Poultry (Oklahoma State University) PDF

Procedures for Killing and Dressing Home Grown Fowl (University of Florida) PDF / HTML

Processing Farm-Raised Poultry (Kansas State University) PDF


Turkey Production

Chicks and Turkeys (Miller Hatcheries) HTML

How to Grow Your Own Holiday Turkey (University of Alaska-Fairbanks) PDF

Poults' Critical First Days (Miller Hatcheries) HTML

Producing Turkeys for Show (Texas A&M University) PDF

Raising and Marketing Pastured Turkeys (Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society) HTML

Raising Turkeys (University of New Hampshire) PDF

Selecting Your Best Turkeys for Breeding (American Livestock Breeds Conservancy) HTML

Small-Flock Turkey Production (Pennsylvania State University) PDF / HTML

Small Turkey Flock Management (NCR Extension Publication #60) PDF

Small Turkey Flock Management (UW Extension) PDF

Turkey Rearing/Feed Program (Miller Hatcheries) HTML

What Type of Turkey is Best for Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks? (eXtension) HTML


Miscellaneous Species

Capons (University of Florida) PDF

Capones (University of Florida) PDF / HTML

Guinea Fowl (Scottish Agricultural College) HTML

How to Raise Pheasants (University of Nebraska) HTML

Ostrich Farming (Scottish Agricultural College) HTML

Partridge Production (Pennsylvania State University) HTML

Pheasant Production (Pennsylvania State University) HTML

Quail (Scottish Agricultural College) HTML

Raising and Propagating Japanese Quail (University of California) PDF

Raising Chukar Partridges (University of California) PDF

Raising Game Birds (University of California) PDF

The Ratite Meat Industry (University of California) HTML
 

In This Section

General Information
Breeds of Poultry
Breeding & Genetics
Broiler Production
Brooding
Ducks
Egg Production
Exhibiting
Geese
Health
Incubation & Hatching
Marketing
Nutrition
Processing, Deboning, Cutting
Turkey Production
Miscellaneous Species