Poultry science's Extension faculty provide relevant educational and service-related programs for commercial poultry producers, allied industry representatives, county extension personnel, and small flock producers to enhance production and economic efficiencies while maintaining the state's competitive position in poultry production. The goal is to provide quality and timely educational programs, problem solving activities, and technology development and transfer through applied research and demonstration projects. The delivery of these activities is achieved through direct programming from Extension poultry scientists and county agents. In addition, the Extension faculty for poultry science have responsibilities for providing county agents and vocational agriculture teachers support for poultry youth activities in Georgia.

Extension publications from our faculty and staff offer free, research-based information to Georgians on poultry, and other topics including agriculture, the environment, families, food, lawn and garden, and youth.

Poultry Extension Publications
Environmental Factors to Control when Brooding Chicks
(B 1287)
The main objective in brooding chicks is to efficiently and economically provide a comfortable, healthy environment for growing birds. Temperature, air quality, humidity and light are critical factors to consider. Failure to provide the adequate environment during the brooding period will reduce profitability, resulting in reduced growth and development, poorer feed conversion, and increased disease, condemnation and mortality.
Poultry Litter Application on Pastures and Hayfields
(B 1330)
Poultry litter is widely used on pastures and hayfields in Georgia. There are many benefits when it is used wisely. Producers should use nutrient management planning and recommended rates to ensure poultry litter is used in ways that maximize its benefits without harming the environment.
Biosecurity Basics for Poultry Growers
(B 1306)
Biosecurity refers to procedures used to prevent the introduction and spread of disease-causing organisms in poultry flocks. Because of the concentration in size and location of poultry flocks in current commercial production operations and the inherent disease risks associated with this type of production, it is imperative that poultry producers practice daily biosecurity measures.
Guidelines for Prospective Contract Hatching Egg Producers
(B 1214)
Producing more than 8 billion pounds of chicken meat requires the support of hatching egg producers. Hatching egg production is a very different business from broiler meat production, as it requires different management skills and greater labor commitments. Because of the uniqueness of the hatching egg business and the long-term investment demands for an operator, it is important that prospective producers understand the managerial and financial requirements before committing to this enterprise. The information in this publication should help those considering hatching egg production as a new enterprise.
A Dozen Egg Abnormalities: How They Affect Egg Quality
(C 1255)
Egg production is the same for each hen whether a farm is producing on a small or large scale. There are a number of egg abnormalities that can occur, and some of these can impact egg quality and reduce the egg's grade based on USDA standards. Abnormalities may be a result of poor management, disease, nutritional deficiencies, or the age of the birds. This publication covers a dozen of the most common abnormalities to help producers of any size better manage their flocks.
Maximizing Poultry Manure Use through Nutrient Management Planning
(B 1245)
This publication provides current information about the appropriate application and most effective use of poultry fertilizer. It will also help poultry producers develop a simple nutrient management plan that meets permitting authority standards.
Nutrition for the Backyard Flock
(C 954)
Providing the right nutrition for your chickens means ensuring that what they eat supplies all of the essential amino acids, fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water that they will need to produce the meat or eggs you hope to collect. This publication provides an overview of what you should look for when choosing poultry feed and how to choose a diet that is appropriate for various types of poultry.
Global Warming: How Does It Relate to Poultry?
(B 1382)
This publication provides information relevant for agriculture and other industries that are under increasing public pressure to reduce emissions of certain atmospheric gases. Explanations are given about greenhouse gases, carbon footprints, reducing fossil fuel use, alternative energy sources, manure management and carbon credits. Knowing your carbon footprint or energy use can help poultry producers reduce the amount of energy they use and improve their bottom line.
Poultry Drinking Water Primer
(B 1301)
Water is a critical nutrient that receives little attention until a problem arises. Not only should producers make an effort to provide water in adequate quantity, they should also know what is in the water to be used in evaporative cooling systems and consumed by the birds.
Nuisance Myths and Poultry Farming
(B 1299)
This publication provides factual information about three common myths of poultry farming: that poultry farms will ruin the environment, that they smell, and that the air exhausted from poultry houses will damage property and cause health concerns.
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