There has been a resurgence of people who wish to raise their own food for personal and family food security, both with produce and with poultry. I am increasingly getting asked about backyard poultry keeping so I wanted to put a resource together to assist you in getting the knowledge you need for safe, healthy and productive backyard poultry keeping.
FIRST THING: Find out the regulations in your city or municipality that governs the keeping of backyard poultry and follow those rules carefully.
We also have a number of Fact Sheets hosted on Ohioline to support poultry keeping:
- Performing a Physical Exam on a Chicken
- Winter and your Backyard Chickens
- Predators of Poultry
- Chicken Breed Selection
There is also a fact sheet on Selling Eggs in Ohio: Marketing and Regulations that details safe handling, washing and storage of eggs.
If you need help finding a Veterinarian that sees poultry, we have a list plus a map to assist you with that.