University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Extension - Small- and medium-sized operations

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 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).

Growing a nation: A history of American agriculture (Ag in the Classroom)

Touching lives in unexpected ways: The benefits of animal agriculture offers to our everyday lives go well beyond human nutrition. In this special audio segment, Trent Loos outlines a few of those other uses. Click here to listen.

A history of agriculture (History of worldwide agriculture by Crest Capital)

The purpose of this website is to serve as a resource guide for small- and medium-sized poultry flock owners.

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