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Before establishing a backyard chicken flock, check local laws and homeowners’ association (HOA) covenants. Raising chickens is not allowed in many urban areas. The number of chickens, distance from property lines, and type of housing may be defined in...
Download the complete Article Marek’s disease is one of the most widespread poultry diseases in the world. It is a highly contagious viral disease caused by a herpes virus called Alphaherpesvirinae. Download the complete Article
Source: Purina As you get started on the journey of raising backyard chickens, it’s fun to look forward to the milestones you will celebrate with your flock. From baby chick to retirement, there are six important chicken growth stages. Each...
If you have attended one of AFAC’s backyard chicken webinars then you will most likely recognize the name Cassandra Kirkpatrick. While most regard Cassandra as the expert in all backyard chicken-related matters, she wasn’t always as involved as she...
Download the complete article A guide to the production and sale of eggs for small-scale and free-range egg producers published as Small Scale Egg Handlingby ATTRA, the US National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. This first of three parts covers egg...
When starting a poultry enterprise, whether a small backyard flock or a large commercial operation, there are several factors to consider, says a University of Missouri Extension poultry specialist. “First of all, you need a location that is legal and...
Download the complete article An excellent idea for a science project is to build an inexpensive incubator. The incubator may be used for hatching eggs from a back yard flock, or a fun learning project. Following are plans for the...
Download the complete checklist Department of Animal Science University of Connecticut michael.darre@uconn.edu Download the complete checklist
ABSTRACT Download the PDF While pasture-raised poultry comprises a small portion of the commercial poultry industry in North America, these alternative rearing systems have become increasingly popular. As such, it is critical to improve our understanding of husbandry practices and prevalence...
Download the complete report Michael J. Darre, Ph.D. P.A.S Department of Animal Science,  University of Connecticut, michael.darre@uconn.edu Download the complete report
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