One of the most noticeable trends in agriculture is the increase in beginning farmers, small farms and especially in small-scale poultry. Everything from a few backyard chickens to 4-H projects and farms with several hundred hens or broilers all can be considered “small”. Just because a flock is small, does not mean that we can ignore areas like stewardship, efficient production, safe handling, and rules that apply to your farm.
Materials for Teachers and Extension Staff
The following materials were developed for teachers and educators to use in their classrooms and programs. The target age range is high school, jr. college and beginning farmer groups.
- Instruction Guide (Lesson Plan): Includes links to additional information, connections to national agriculture education standards (AFNR Career Content Cluster Standards), application to Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects, activity and science fair ideas, sample quiz/review questions, and enrichment activities. PDF format (0.2 MB; best if you want to use it as-is) | RTF format (.5 MB; best if you want to modify the file)
- Presentation slides – 43 slides, .pptx format. Preview in Slideshare | Download (3 MB)
- Fact Sheet (required reading) 10 pages; RTF format “Raising Poultry for Profit: Small-Scale Production“
- Additional Materials: Glossary | Animal Certification Programs | Sample quiz or review questions | Homework questions (some of the questions pertain to the related module on small-scale sheep and goat production)
Download a .zip file containing all of the above files (videos need to be downloaded separately due to file size restrictions)
Video: Raising Poultry for Profit: Small-Scale Production
Download a copy of this video (.MP4 format; 73 MB)
If you prefer to play shorter video clips, this has been released as four separate parts:
- Part 1: Watch on YouTube (3:51 minutes; Marketing; Safe Handling) Download a copy (.MP4 format)
- Part 2: Watch on YouTube (4:38 minutes; Environmental Stewardship) Download a copy (.MP4 format)
- Part 3: Watch on YouTube (9:11 minutes; Production & Management) Download a copy (.MP4 format)
- Part 4: Watch on YouTube (3:20 minutes; Caring for Animals) Download a copy (.MP4 format)
Preview Presentation Slides: Small Scale Poultry
Contact Person for this Module: Martha Sullins, Colorado State University firstname.lastname@example.org
Authors and Reviewers:
Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA) is a collaborative effort of the National Young Farmers Educational Association, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Montana State University. It was funded by the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) under award #2009-49400-05871. This project would not be possible without the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center and the National eXtension Initiative, National Association of County Ag Agents (NACAA), National Association of Agriculture Education (NAAE), Farm Credit Services of America, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS), and Montana FFA Association.