Welcome to the world of poultry! This site is part of the online United States Cooperative Extension System, known as eXtension. Our mission is to provide up-to-date and evidence-based information and education in the area of poultry science. The information provided applies primarily to small and backyard poultry flocks.



New poultry medicine course for veterinarians – tell your local veterinarian about it

We have a new course available for practicing veterinarians to try and help them start seeing small and backyard poultry flocks. Please tell your local veterinarian about the course so they will be able to help you with any disease issues you may have with your flocks. UK leads program to train veterinarians in backyard …

Colorado Ballot issue: Slaughter age for poultry and other livestock

Colorado has an interest ballot issue for the next election. It is supposedly designed to “Protect animals for unnecessary suffering and exploitation”. Specifically, it involves revisions to statutes 18-9-201 (amending sections (2), (2.9), and (5), and adds section (3.5)) and revisions to 18-2-202 (adding section 1.9). 16OriginalFinal.pdf (state.co.us) Statute 18-9-201: Definitions Section 2 revisions include …

Comparing egg quality across production systems

A paper was included in the latest issue of Poultry Science (December 2020) that I thought might be of interest to our readers. It looked that the quality and cost of commercially available specialty eggs and compared them with conventionally-produced eggs, that is, produced with hens in cages. They compared brand name eggs labeled as …


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