Interest in keeping backyard poultry has been increasing steadily with a huge jump in growth around the COVID pandemic and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak due to egg price increases and egg shortages. We have also see a big jump in the number of 4H kiddos who want to keep chickens and turkeys for 4H livestock projects. Many cities and municipalities require a certification before they allow you to keep backyard poultry. Lots of people just want to learn more about this for their own family and personal food security. Maybe this is the perfect holiday gift for that hard to buy family member. Whatever your reason, we have you covered.
The course costs $25 dollars. (Super cheep!) Click on the QR code or head to go.osu.edu/chicken
This self-paced course is expected to take 2-3 hours to complete and includes the following 6 modules:
Brooding, Basic Husbandry & Nutrition
After completing this course, learners will be able to:
Identify rules and regulations relevant to raising backyard poultry in their state, city, or municipality
Source healthy birds to raise in their backyard
Apply concepts of basic husbandry, nutrition, and housing to successfully raise backyard poultry.
Explain how eggs are produced
Practice safe handling of birds and eggs
Recognize health-related abnormalities of poultry through physical examination
Describe the roles of of veterinary care and biosecurity in maximizing poultry health
There are NO refunds issued for this course.
If you have questions about the course, contact Tim McDermott at email@example.com for assistance.
Biosecurity is a major tool in our toolbox to prevent the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. Check out this webinar class held in partnership with the OSU Extension 4H program area to teach basic biosecurity to 4H youth.
Biosecurity is one of the most important tools in the toolbox of the poultry producer. Learn some tips about keeping your flock safe in this short video collaboration with The Ohio Poultry Association.
Last week USDA APHIS issued updates that included multiple cases of High Path Avian Influenza in the Carolinas(waterfowl), which would put them on a path towards Ohio following the migratory waterfowl pathways. Attached is a PDF technical report with a bunch of helpful links embedded to assist your clients who are hunters, backyard poultry keepers, or members of the 4-H community as they prepare for chick season. Biosecurity will be critical to avoid an outbreak this season.
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:
Sabrina Schirtzinger, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Knox County Tim McDermott, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hocking County
There are various reasons people raise chickens: for eggs, meat, show and exhibition or simply to enjoy caring for and watching chicks grow. For some, raising chickens is a hobby while others see it as a sustainable part of living. This fact sheet will explore characteristics of chicken breeds to help select the right breed for you.