NOTE: May 2014 - CDC reports outbreak of human salmonella infects linked to live poultry in backyard flocks

More information available on the Center for Disease Control's website.

Avoid contact with the feces of young fowl, and carefully wash your hands with soap and water after handling these animals and anything that has come in contact with them.

Safe handling of chicks (University of Kentucky)

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

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.