NOTE: CDC has reported 7 outbreaks of human salmonellosis related to backyard poultry flocks. There have been 324 people affected in 35 states, including 21 cases in Kentucky.
- CDC announcement
- News article - six hospitalized in Michigan Salmonella outbreak
- Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy article - Poultry-linked Salmonella sickens 324 in 35 states
- Mount Healthy statement with regards to salmonella outbreak
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.