NOTE: In March 2017 a case of low pathogenic avian influenza was detected in Kentucky via routine screening.

Safe handling of chicks

Wally Cat poster for kids on safe handling of chicks (University of Kentucky)

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.