On-Farm Production

On-Farm Production

Small Flock: Southern Region Resources on Pastured Poultry

On-Farm Production

Small-scale poultry production, whether on pasture, as a backyard flock, or other alternative production methods, is popular with farmers due to a quick turn-around time, minimal equipment needs, and the environmental benefits integrating poultry affords the farming system. The following resources are intended to provide information on production practices that can boost farm's profitability and health with poultry systems.

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Profitable Poultry


Profitable Poultry: Raising Birds on Pasture features farmer experiences plus the latest research in a guide to raising chickens and turkeys using pens, movable fencing and pastures.

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Avicultura Rentable


Avicultura Rentable: Criando Aves en Pasturas es una guía que incluye experiencias de agricultores  y lo último en investigación para criar pollos y pavos usando corrales, cercos portátiles y pasturas.

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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.

Bringing Viable Pastured Poultry to the South


Organizations are providing invaluable training and resources to help small-scale commercial poultry farmers establish profitable operations.

Report: Pasture Poultry at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)


This report explores the feasibility of adding a pasture poultry operation to the integrated crop/animal system on the CEFS Farming Systems Research Unit.

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Young Scholar Enhancement Grant Poster: Short Life in Sustainability


A poster developed by Young Scholar Enhancement Grant recipient Tyler Higgins in 2013 as supplemental research to integrating poultry with pasture livestock species and agroforestry production practices.

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Resources from Other SARE Regions

North Central SARE Profile

Perfecting the Day-Range Pastured-Poultry System

Raising poultry on pasture instead of in a barn or other permanent structure is an increasingly popular enterprise for hobby and small farmers across the country. This bulletin features the Day-Range system, which consists of a mobile pen that is kept inside a fenced area.

Northeast SARE Profile

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Niche Poultry Enterprises in New England

This guide for farmers and farm service providers gives information on various types of broiler operations throughout the Northeast.

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

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).