Small-Scale Production

General Information

  • Backyard Chicken Basics (University of Minnesota Extension) PDF / HTML
  • Backyard Poultry: Implications for Public Health and Safety (University of Minnesota) PDF
  • Basic Guide for the Backyard Chicken Flock (University of Florida) PDF / 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
  • 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) HTML
  • Pasture Poultry Industry (Alberta Agriculture & Forestry) PDF / HTML
  • Pastured Poultry (Manitoba Agriculture, Food & Rural Development) PDF / HTML
  • Poultry 101: A General Introduction to All Things Poultry (University of Kentucky) HTML
  • Poultry for Small Farms (Journey to Forever) HTML
  • Poultry Your Way: A Guide to Management Alternatives for the Upper Midwest (MDA/MISA/NC SARE) 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 and Backyard Flocks (University of Kentucky) HTML
  • Small Flock Management of Poultry (Mississippi State University) 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
  • Starting and Managing Small Poultry Units (University of California-Davis) PDF
  • Understanding Poultry Meat and Egg Production (Volunteers in Technical Assistance) HTML
  • Webinars: Small & Backyard Flocks (links to recordings on eXtension site) 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 Chickens for Home Use (University of California-Davis) PDF
  • 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 & Rural Development) 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 / 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 (Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada) 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
  • Which Duck Breed is Best for Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks? (eXtension) HTML

Egg Production

  • Choice-Feeding of Small Laying Hen Flocks (Manitoba Agriculture, Food & Rural Development) PDF / HTML
  • Comparing Alternative Laying Hen Breeds - Greenbook 2008 (MDA / Sustainable Ag & IPM Program) PDF
  • Culling Hens (Mississippi State University) PDF
  • Egg Size and Your Small Flock of Laying Hens (Manitoba Agriculture, Food & Rural Development) PDF / HTML
  • Factors Affecting Egg Production in Backyard Chicken Flocks (University of Florida) PDF /HTML
  • Factors that Influence Egg Production (American Egg Board) HTML
  • Free-Range Egg Production (Teagasc, 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, Food and Rural Development) HTML
  • Light for Backyard Flocks (University of Maine) HTML
  • Management Requirements for Laying Flocks (Virginia Tech) PDF
  • Omega-3 Enriched Eggs (Flax Council of Canada) HMTL
  • Prevention of Egg Eating (Virginia Tech) 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 Non-Organic/Conventional (Pennsylvania State University) PDF
  • 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

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, 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
  • 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
  • Preventing Avian Pox ((University of California) PDF
  • Recognizing and Preventing Avian Pox in Small Flocks (University of Maryland) PDF
  • 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
  • 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
  • Marketing of Products from Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks (University of Kentucky) HTML
  • Preventing Bacterial Contamination, Medication and Other Chemical Residues in Poultry Meat and Eggs (University of Nebraska) HTML
  • 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 (Farmers' Legal Action Group) 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, Food & Rural Development) HTML
  • Feeding Chickens (University of California) PDF
  • 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
  • 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) PDF
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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) 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

  • 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