Resources

Below are some great links to poultry growing information.
We also have a handy excel spreadsheet you can download to calculate the amount of feed needed to raise your flock.  You can download that by clicking here or on this icon .

FEED – NUTRITION

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/feeding.html
An important part of raising chickens is feeding-feeding makes up the major cost of production and good nutrition is reflected in the bird’s performance and its products. This publication discusses feeding traditional rations as well as mixing your own rations, organic diets, and special concerns for feeding chickens in some of the pasture-based models.

http://fdsmagissues.feedstuffs.com/fds/Reference_issue_2009/08_Nutrition_Health%20Poultry.pdf
There is a wealth of information available on the nutrient needs of broilers, layers and turkeys, the basis of which has been the series of publications of the National Research Council (NRC).  The most recent such publication is Nutrient Requirements of Poultry, Ninth Revised Edition, released in 1994, and so unfortunately this information is now 15 years old, which is a considerable time period considering the continual improvement in genetic potential of and meat birds and especially the changes seen in egg layers.

http://www.bigskyorganicfeed.com/index.html
Our feed is made from top quality grain grown predominantly on the high plains of north central Montana and the surrounding region. The challenges of a semi-arid climate and short growing season also combine to produce some of the highest quality grain in the world. Our grain purchases support organic family farmers who tackle these farming challenges every day! Our feed customer focus ranges from backyard poultry and livestock growers to small and medium-sized commercial growers. We look forward to meeting your feed needs!

http://poultryextension.psu.edu/Nutrition.html
The poultry extension website at Penn State includes nutrition information for chicken, gamebirds and waterfowl.

HATCHERIES

http://www.ansci.umn.edu/poultry/resources/hatcheries.htm
A list of poultry hatcheries by state from the University of Minnesota Extension.

http://www.jmhatchery.com/free-range-broiler/freedom-ranger-chicks/prod_5.html
J.M. Hatchery is a family owned hatchery of domestic poultry.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Modern-Homesteading/Baby-Chickens-From-Poultry-Hatchery.aspx
Article in “Mother Earth News” about ordering baby chicks from a poultry hatchery.  Hatching eggs in an incubator or under a hen is an exciting project, and shopping for chicks or other baby poultry at a farm store is great fun. But you can order baby chickens to be shipped from a poultry hatchery through the mail, too. This is a great way to find some unusual breeds or varieties. It also helps with planning: If you rely on hatching eggs, you can never be quite certain how many chicks you’ll get.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Find-Chickens-Poultry-Hatchery.aspx
Find chickens or other poultry.

http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKHatcheries.html
A list of hatcheries by state.

RAISING POULTRY

http://www.albc-usa.org/
Ensuring the future of agriculture through genetic conservation and the promotion of endangered breeds of livestock and poultry.

http://www.apppa.org/index.html
The American Pastured Poultry Producers’ Association (APPPA) was established in 1997 to assist pastured poultry producers. APPPA encourages people to learn and exchange information about raising poultry on pasture, exchanging techniques, innovations, and advice.

http://www.ocia.org/Default.aspx
OCIA International is one of the world’s oldest, largest and most trusted leaders in the organic certification industry. A nonprofit, member-owned, agricultural organization, OCIA is dedicated to providing the highest quality organic certification services and access to global organic markets.

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/PDF/chicken.pdf
Although the present poultry industry offers affordable products, many farmers are interested in alternative poultry production. Market potential exists for “farm-fresh” poultry products. Many models for pasture-based production exist. Producers must decide which one best fits their needs. Alternative poultry production, usually small-scale, may involve a grazing component and emphasizes preventative measures for health maintenance.

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/organicpoultry.html
In organic poultry production systems, birds are raised without cages in housing that allows outdoor access, are fed organic feed and managed with proactive practices and natural treatments. This publication discusses organic husbandry including living conditions, health, genetics and origin, feed and processing as specified under the livestock requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Program.

http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=G8350
Small Flock Series: Managing a Family Chicken Flock

http://extension.usu.edu/htm/publications/by=category/category=39
Utah Extension Service Poultry Fact Sheets on raising poultry both small and large scale in Utah.

http://www.ansci.umn.edu/poultry/resources/pastured_poultry.htm
There are links here for raising small-scale pastured poultry.

EQUIPMENT

The coop’s small equipment, a scalder and plucker, have been used by coop members since 2006 to process birds for private use. Depending on the user’s experience processing poultry, a grower could process up to 100 birds per day with this equipment.

The small equipment is managed by the Lake County Community Development Corporation’s Mission Mountain Cooperative Development Center. To arrange to use the small equipment, call Jan Tusick at 406-676-5901, extension 4. Costs are assessed annually.

http://www.ansci.umn.edu/poultry/resources/housing_small-scale.htm
There are links here for housing small-scale poultry.

http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKHatcheries.html
A list of poultry equipment listed by state.

MOBILE PROCESSING UNIT

http://www.theprairiestar.com/articles/2009/07/18/ag_news/livestock/livestock2.txt
The Prairie Star: Small poultry producers can now use mobile processing unit

http://www.farmsforfamilies.org/what.html
A grant from the USDA supported the design and construction of a Mobile Processing Unit (MPU) for poultry. FFF believes that people should be able to feed themselves and their neighbors without compromising the animals’ well-being or the safety of the meat. The MPU allows smaller farmers throughout Montana the ability to access the MPU and significantly reduce their processing expenses while increasing access to locally raised poultry.