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Pastured Poultry Book

Raising Poultry on Pasture deals exclusively with pasture raised chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and more. Buy the book.

The Green Book

Pastured Poultry Resources

Resources for Pastured Poultry Producers

Are you just getting started? We recommend you read this "Introduction to Pastured Poultry" (from our book "Raising Poultry on Pasture") as a first step.

Our Newsletter: APPPA Grit!

Six times a year APPPA sends out a newsletter with the latest information and ideas written by and for pastured poultry producers. Subscription is free with your paid membership dues. Grit! contains up to date information on current happenings in the pastured poultry industry. Articles include information on poultry health and nutrition, portable shelter designs and production systems, marketing, legal issues, producer profiles and much more.

To subscribe to APPPA GRIT! please visit the Join us page and take a look at the options we offer.

Supplies from APPPA Business Members

APPPA Business Members have everything you need, from chicks to marketing supplies and everything in between

Articles and Publications

Just a few great resources for pastured poultry producers.

General Information

Getting Started: Intro to Pasturized Poultry

Home Processing of Chickens
from the University of Minnesota.
This guide provides complete step-by-step instructions with pictures for home processing of chickens.

ATTRA Sustainable Poultry Publications

Titles include:
Sustainable Poultry: Production Overview
Growing Your Range Poultry Business: An Entrepreneur's Toolbox
Label Rouge: Pasture-Based Poultry Production in France
Pastured Poultry: An HI Case Study Booklet
Poultry Genetics for Pastured Production
Range Poultry Housing
Small-Scale Poultry Processing

Genetic Options for Pastured Poultry Producers: Meat-type Chickens and Turkeys
By Skip Polson and Anne Fanatico December 2002
11-page pdf file

NEW! Perfecting the Day-Range Pastured Poultry System
University of WI Extension Research Bulletin December 2009 4 page pdf file

NEW! Perfecting the Day-Range Pastured Poultry System Through on-Farm Replicated Research
A how-to manual for conducting statistically valid research for producers of pastured poultry.
By Pasture Perfect LLC. Feb 2010 10 page pdf file

Poultry Health and Nutrition
Remedies for Health Problems for the Organic Layer Flock By Karma Glos
(Available here in a 60 page pdf)
Karma collected information from old books, organic farmers and on-line resources and brought it together in one wonderful, easy to use resource. This is not a book that will help you diagnose what is wrong with your chickens, but will help you prevent problems and provide solutions once you figure out what is going on.

Pasture-Raised Poultry Nutrition
By Jeff Mattocks, Poultry and Livestock Nutritionist, The Fertrell Company
You will not want to miss getting a copy of this 37-page document chock-full of solid information about understanding and meeting the feed requirements of pasture-raised poultry.

A hard copy of this publication can be purchased $10.00, postage paid. Please send a check and note to the APPPA office to receive your copy. The document is also available FREE on the web to Producer Plus members. Renew your membership today online or contact the APPPA office for more information!

Protein Sources and Their Limitations:
a chart showing alternative grains and maximum amounts for use in poultry feed.
From the book: Niche and Organic Chicken Products
SH Gordon and DR Charles, Nottingham University Press, ISBN 1-897676-96-4

Legal Issues

USDA Guide to Poultry Exemption
"Guidance for Determining Whether a Poultry Slaughter or Processing Operationis Exempt from Inspection Requirements of the Poultry Products Inspection Act" 
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) created this guide to help small businesses and poultry producers who slaughter or process poultry for human food to determine whether the slaughter or processing operations at their businesses are eligible for exemption from Federal or State inspection.  In other words, this guide is helpful to producers or businesses in determining whether their slaughter or processing operations require United States Department of Agriculture or State inspection, as mandated in the Poultry Products Inspection Act.

Legal Issues for Small Scale Poultry Processors

Two PDF files- Introduction and Federal Laws (6 pages) and Laws by State (58 pages)
Note: This publication reflects information that researchers were able to collect in 2001. It may be incomplete and laws may have changed. Before you make decisions about your operation, please contact your state Department of Agriculture to check processing regulations.
Poultry processing facilities available for use by independent producers in the Southern region
12-page pdf file

Business Planning

Poultry Budgeting Tool
How much does it really cost to raise your broilers? What price on your eggs will cover costs AND bring in a little to cover the kid's time? To help discover the answer to these and other questions, the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a budget for new and existing poultry enterprises. An Excel Spreadsheet that allows you to enter your own numbers will show changes to the bottom line as inputs change. For more information and to download the spreadsheet and detailed instructions, go to the CIAS website.

Growing Your Range Poultry Business: An Entrepreneur's Toolbox
This Toolbox is written for anyone who desires to make a profit from range poultry production, whether by direct-marketing "pastured poultry," building a processing plant, or working cooperatively with other producers. This Toolbox was produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture as part of a Heifer International project to enhance the opportunities to expand range poultry businesses.

Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses
From SARE's Sustainable Agriculture Network
"Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses" brings the business planning process alive to help today's alternative and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises. Sample worksheets lend a practical perspective and illustrate how real farm families set goals, researched processing alternatives, determined potential markets, and evaluated financing options. Blank worksheets help the reader develop a detailed, lender-ready business plan or map out strategies to take advantage of new opportunities.

Quality Food: Reseach and Resources

Vitamins A, E and fatty acid composition of the eggs of caged hens and pastured hens by H.D. Karsten, P.H. Patterson, R. Stout, and G. Crews. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems: 25(1); 45–54. A comprehensive study comparing eggs of hens raised in three different pasture systems to eggs of caged hens. Results show that in pastured eggs had twice as much vitamin E and long-chain fatty acids and 2.5 times more total omega-3 fatty acids.