Health and Nutrition

Health and Nutrition

Small Flock: Southern Region Resources on Pastured Poultry

Health and Nutrition

Well-managed pasture systems, proper sanitation and a healthy growing environment help prevent health issues before they start in pastured poultry production. Besides feed in the feeder, a healthy chicken, turkey or other small flock species has access to a buffet of forages, seeds, and insects on pasture. In addition, providing a healthy environment for the birds helps protect them from such dangers as weather and predation. These resources provide information on the health and nutrition of pastured poultry.

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Pastured Poultry Nutrition and Forages


A publication prepared by NCAT that explores the important role that forages play in pasture poultry production for either meat or egg production.

Dealing with Summer Heat in Free-Range Poultry


A University of Arkansas Extension fact sheet on ways to help birds on pasture cope with hot weather.

Winterization for the Poultry Farm


A fact sheet developed by University of Arkansas Extension on winter preparation of poultry houses.

Poster: Immunologic Function of Historic vs. Commercial Turkey Breeds


This poster outlines the results of a study that compared the immunologic function of historic and commercial turkey breeds.


Profitable Poultry: Raising Birds on Pasture

Birds on pasture

This SARE bulletin features farmer experiences plus the latest research in a guide to raising chickens and turkeys using pens, movable fencing and pastures. The document also includes information on breeding, nutrition, processing and marketing.

Are you an ag educator or farmer interested in sharing the Small Flock Topic Room at an event? Consider using this one-page flyer (PDF).


Resources from Other SARE Regions

North Central SARE Profile

Wisconsin Farmers Explore Feeding Strategies for Pasture Raised Poultry

Feeding strategies for pastured poultry

A how-to manual on feeding strategies for farmers concerned about the health and safety of big barn chickens.

For more pastured poultry resources from across the country, visit the national SARE Learning Center.