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Poultry and Rabbits Publications & Resources

Avoiding Residues in Small Poultry and Game Bird Flocks > PDF
Don't let any chemical residues show up in meat or eggs from your flock. Discusses where residues can originate and how to avoid them in poultry and eggs. Author: J.C. Hermes 2 p . . . . . more details

Biofilters in Animal Agriculture > HTML
Biofilters can reduce odor emissions from concentrated livestock facilities. This publication discusses what they are and how they work, describes different types, and discusses important factors affe . . . . . more details

Break-even Analysis of Small-Scale Production of Pastured Organic Poultry > PDF
Data from five years of trials at Washington State University were used to compare costs and returns for pastured organic broilers using two strains of Cornish Cross meat birds, the industry standard. . . . . . more details

Composting and Using Backyard Poultry Waste in the Home Garden > HTML
For the backyard agriculturist, proper composting of chicken manure has no downsides. This publication provides basic information on how to properly process backyard-poultry waste and use it in a gard . . . . . more details

Country of Origin Labeling and Livestock Producers > PDF
Provides background information on the new Country of Origin Labeling Law, how it might affect sales of U.S. meat, and how producers can track and provide documentation regarding the country of origin . . . . . more details

Feeding Meat-type Chickens > PDF
Guidelines for feeding small flocks of meat-type chickens. Including a discussion of standard versus organic feeds, mixing feeds at home, and alternatives to traditional ingredients. This publication . . . . . more details

How to Feed Your Laying Hens > PDF
This publication helps small-flock chicken producers select the correct feeds and manage watering to meet the nutritional needs of their laying hens at specific stages of the birds' development. . . . . . more details

Raising Ratites: Ostriches, Emu, and Rheas > PDF
Ratites are mostly large, flightless birds that exist in the wild in Australia, Africa, or South America. But US growers have been raising them as alternative and likely healthier meat sources for dec . . . . . more details

The Veterinary Feed Directive: The Why, What, and How Guide for Livestock Producers > HTML
Since 1996, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken regulatory action via the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) to ensure that drugs used to treat bacterial diseases in all food-producing anima . . . . . more details

Why Did My Chickens Stop Laying? > PDF
Hens stop laying eggs for a variety of reasons, but hormonal fluctuation is the main one. This publication briefly discusses what triggers that effect, including decreasing day length, molting, broodi . . . . . more details


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University of Idaho Extension


Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 10
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2332
Moscow, ID 83844-2332

Phone: 208-885-7982

Fax: 208-885-9046



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