KEEPING CHICKENS FOR MEAT PRODUCTION

Chicken meat is an excellent source of protein and can be produced on most small and backyard farms. The white-feathered chickens bred specifically for meat production are called broilers, fryers or roasters, depending on the size they will be raised to. There are also a few less genetically selected breeds that can be used for meat production. These include Plymouth Rocks, Wyandottes, Jersey Giants, New Hampshire, Delawares and many others.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Raising meat chickens in small or backyard flocks (eXtension.org/poultry)

Management requirements for meat bird flocks (Virginia Tech)

The small flock for poultry meat (University of Minnesota)

HEALTH ISSUES

Leg problems in broilers and turkeys (Kansas State University)

4-H BROILER PROJECTS

Raising broilers and turkeys for competition (University of Arkansas)

The broiler project (Louisiana State University)