NOTE: May 2015 - High Pathogenic Avian Influenza has been detected in wild birds as well as backyard and commercial poultry flocks.
For more information:
- Bird flu - Information for hunters and taxidermists
- Bird flu - Identification and reporting
- Bird flu - Considerations for pets and non-farm animals
- Bird flu - Cleaning and disinfection
- Bird flu - Biosecurity and Prevention
There are many reasons an individual or family may want to raise poultry:
- For profit through the sale of meat, eggs and/or chicks
- For family consumption of meat and/or eggs
- As a control for pests
- As a hobby and/or for poultry exhibitions
- 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.