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Production System

Establishing a Backyard Poultry Flock (Iowa State University)

How to Establish a Small-Scale, Pastured Poultry Operation (Rodale Institute)

Introduction to Pasture-Raised Poultry: Getting Started (University of Florida IFAS Extension)

Pastured Poultry (University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service)

Pastured Poultry for Small Farms in North Carolina (NC State Extension)

Producing Poultry on Pasture (University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension)

Profitable Poultry: Raising Birds on Pasture (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)

Raising Broilers on Pasture (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners)

Raising Chickens for Meat (University of Minnesota Extension)

Raising Meat Chickens in Small or Backyard Flocks (Poultry Extension)


Health and Reproduction

Backyard Poultry (Merck Veterinary Manual)

Basics of AI: Avian Influenza (University of Missouri Extension)

Common Causes to Pastured Poultry Mortality and Illness (American Pastured Poultry Producers Association)

Common Poultry Diseases (University of Florida IFAS Extension)

External Parasites of Poultry (Poultry Extension)

Internal Parasites of Poultry (Poultry Extension)

Poultry Health & Management for the Small Flock (University of New Hampshire)

Predator Management for Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks (Poultry Extension)

Protect Your Poultry from Avian Influenza (USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service)


Feed and Nutrition

Comprehensive Guide to Feeding Grit to Pasture-Raised Chickens, Turkeys, and Poultry (APPPA)

Feeding Pastured Poultry (Oregon State University Extension Service)

Forage Crop Selection for Pasture Poultry Production (Midwest Poultry Federation)

Introduction to Pasture-Raised Poultry: Maximizing Foraging Behavior (University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension)

Nutrition for the Backyard Flock (University of Georgia Extension)

Pastured Poultry Nutrition and Forages (National Center for Appropriate Technology)

Water Requirements of Poultry (Poultry Extension)


Facilities and Equipment

Making a Hoop Pen for Pasture Poultry (University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension)

Pastured Poultry Shelters and Houses (American Pastured Poultry Producers Association)

Poultry Housing (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Range Poultry Housing (National Center for Appropriate Technology)

Small Scale Poultry Housing (PennState Extension)



Break-even Analysis of Small-Scale Production of Pastured Organic Poultry (Pacific Northwest Extension)

Breaking Down the Cost of Pastured Chicken (Center for Environmental Farming Systems)

Economics of Small Poultry Flocks (University of Maryland Extension)

Enterprise Budgeting for Small Poultry Flocks (University of Kentucky)

Estimating Costs and Returns for Small-Scale Poultry Enterprises (Colorado State University)

Pastured Poultry Enterprise Analysis (University of Minnesota Extension)

Small Flock Broiler Budget (University of Vermont)



Broiler Market News Report (USDA Agricultural Marketing Service)

Consumer Expenditure Surveys (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

National Monthly Pasture Raised Poultry Report (USDA Agricultural Marketing Service)

National Retail Report – Chicken (USDA Agricultural Marketing Service)

Pricing Your Poultry (Penn State Extension)



How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken (The University of Maine Cooperative Extension)

Market Channels for Locally Raised Foods (University of Missouri Extension)

Market Intelligence Report (Intel for Ag, University of Missouri)

Marketing of Products from Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks (University of Kentucky)

Meat and Poultry Labeling Terms (USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Missouri Grown (Missouri Department of Agriculture)

Missouri Meat and Poultry Inspection Program (Missouri Department of Agriculture)

Pastured Poultry Profile (Agricultural Marketing Resource Center)