NOTE: CDC has reported 8 outbreaks of human salmonellosis related to backyard poultry flocks. There have been 611 people affected in 45 states, including 35 cases in Kentucky.

Safe handling of chicks

NOTE: January 1, 2017 there will be restrictions on the purchase of over-the-counter medications for poultry.

There are many reasons an individual or family may want to raise poultry:

  1. For profit through the sale of meat, eggs and/or chicks
  2. For family consumption of meat and/or eggs
  3. As a control for pests
  4. As a hobby and/or for poultry exhibitions
  5. As a 4-H or FFA project

A small poultry flock is relatively inexpensive, requires less space than most animal enterprises and doesn't require much time. In addition, raising a small poultry flock is also a good way to introduce youth to animal agriculture (for food or fiber) and to help build a sense of responsibility (since animals need to be taken care of 365 days a year).

The purpose of this website is to serve as a resource guide for small flock and backyard poultry owners.