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4-H Poultry - Other Publications

4-H Poultry Manual - Unit One is a production guide for the beginning 4-H poultry producer.

4-H Poultry Manual - Unit Two is a production guide for the more advanced 4-H poultry producer.

The Home Flock is the basic management guide for raising backyard poultry flocks.

Culling Hens describes the process used to eliminate non-producing laying hens from the flock.

Brooding Chickens and Quail is an information sheet that addresses the basic principles of brooding chicks until they can fend for themselves.

Avian Embryo discusses the creation of life process for the chick from conception, through egg formation and embryo development, and hatching of the chick. Information is also available for preparing several classroom experiments and exhibits.

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Publication Number: P3934
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Chickens feed inside a fenced enclosure.
Filed Under: Youth Poultry, Poultry April 20, 2022

Farm supply stores are full of cute chicks in the spring, and the sight of the fluffy baby birds, combined with future dreams of fresh eggs, prompts many people to impulsively start a backyard flock.

White chickens gather at a feeder.
Filed Under: Youth Poultry, Poultry April 18, 2022

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Keeping buffalo wings on menus is a supply chain issue that goes all the way back to procedures farm workers follow to protect the health of commercially grown chickens.

An illustration depicts a large yellow chick with a graph showing the number of Salmonella outbreaks since 2000 and includes text instructions to wash hands after handling backyard poultry.
Filed Under: Youth Poultry, Agriculture, Livestock, Poultry March 30, 2018

Baby chickens are so cute and cuddly that few people can resist holding them. Unfortunately, as public interest in raising backyard birds has grown so has the number of Salmonella outbreaks in the U.S. (Photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Success Stories

A man standing inside in front of the Southern AgCredit wordmark on a wall.
Volume 9 Number 2

The 4-H Poultry Chain Project regularly receives generous donations from organizations across the state, but the project has never received a donation quite like Southern AgCredit’s pledge of $25,000 over 5 years.

A young boy throws a rope toward a fake bull with the help of an older man standing behind him.
Volume 5 Number 2

When FARMtastic makes its rounds over South Mississippi, residents, businesses, schools, and community organizations come together to ensure that participants have a great time.

A young woman with brown hair and a pink shirt stands smiling while holding a black and white speckled chicken next to her face.
Volume 4 Number 3

When Emma Grace McGrew became Mississippi’s 2017 Miss Hospitality, a year of exciting experiences awaited the former Prentiss County 4-H’er and self-proclaimed country girl.

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