Small Poultry Flocks

Small backyard and urban poultry flocks are common throughout Pennsylvania. This site will try to help those interested in starting this type of activity and well as help those already raising poultry in this setting to better manage and care for their birds.
Silver Laced Wyandottes in yard

Silver Laced Wyandottes in yard

Most of us can appreciate the enjoyment of raising poultry.  It can be a relaxing activity, teach youth responsibility and provide you with eggs and meat to supplement the family food supply.  However, it is important for you to do your homework and make sure you can legally raise chickens in your area.  Also, careful planning and learning how to properly care for your chickens can help you have a positive, rewarding experience for many years.

If you already have poultry and are looking to learn more about backyard poultry production or need help with your flock this web site is here to help.

Sex-link hens in their coop

If you are planning to start raising poultry for the first time it is important that you learn what is required to care for your poultry so that it is a successful and enjoyable experience.

Over the past few years, raising domestic poultry such as pigeons, ornamental poultry, and small meat and egg flocks has become an increasingly popular pastime for urban residents.

Small scale poultry coops seem to be built in almost every possible shape and size. Those building a new coop often ask for plans for the perfect chicken coop. However, few plans for small poultry houses are available. Many existing buildings can easily be adapted to accommodate poultry.

If you plan to raise baby chicks, waterfowl, or any other baby domestic fowl, it is very important to realize that baby fowl are totally dependent upon you to meet their needs. Baby fowl need proper environment, proper nutrition and protection. This fact sheet will help you get your flock off to a good start.

Raising a small chicken flock for egg production in the backyard has increased in popularity over the past few years. It can be a relaxing activity, teach youth responsibility, and provide you with eggs to supplement the family food supply.

To insure egg quality in small flocks, egg producers must learn to properly handle the eggs they produce. This article will discuss how you can insure that your eggs will be of the highest quality and safe for consumption.

Egg eating by hens is a habit formed over time which is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to break. It is important you plan and manage your facilities so that the hen never gets the first taste of a broken egg.

Information on what are best breeds to raise, floor space requirements, litter, feed and feeders, waterers, lighting, roosts and nests, and when to slaughter.

Cannibalism in fowl is a costly and vicious habit that poultry producers cannot afford to ignore. It may occur at any age among all breeds, strains and sexes of fowl.

Where do I get help when I suspect a health problem in my poultry flock?

Biosecurity means protecting your birds by preventing disease from entering your farm, and protecting your neighbors by preventing disease from leaving your farm.


Poultry may become infected with several types of respiratory illnesses caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Clinical signs of these illnesses often look very similar. However, successful treatment and prevention of these diseases depends on an accurate diagnosis. Some of the common respiratory diseases are explained briefly.

Most leg and foot disorders in fowl can be prevented through proper nutrition and management. However, some problems can be genetic. Since large meat birds and waterfowl are prone to leg and foot problems, let's consider the causes of these problems in fowl.

This publication briefly describes information about laying flocks, such as the best breeds to raise, when to purchase stock, floor space, litter, feed and feeders, waterers, ventilation, lights, roosts, laying cycles, nests, and yards.