Poultry

Holding a chickenImproving sustainability in poultry production means not only reducing costs and maximizing productivity but also a focus on bird health and welfare and other societal concerns. Large-scale production has led to geographical concentration of birds and their waste products, creating environmental concerns in some parts of the country in terms of water and air quality. Consumers have increasing concerns about food safety (food-born pathogens, pesticide residues, additives, antibiotic residues/resistance), nutritional (fat content, fatty acid profile, vitamins), value (appearance, flavor, traceability, regional production), and production process concerns (animal welfare, genetically modified organisms, environmental impact, worker safety, social justice), etc. Read more →


Slow Poultry” refers to poultry and sustainable production practices that support the ideology of the Slow Food movement, which centers on diversity in gastronomy, agriculture, and the environment. Slow Food is an international movement that seeks to preserve unique tastes and diversity as food products become more uniform across the globe. Slow Food includes conserving the livestock and poultry breeds, as well as crops, that contribute to diversity, because breeds and production practices are often specific to a particular region. Slow Food is often characterized as “good, clean, and fair food” because of its freshness and taste, environmentally-sound production practices, and fair price to producers. Read more →

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ATTRA Poultry Publications


Alternative Poultry Production Systems and Outdoor Access - IP300

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Arsenic in Poultry Litter: Organic Regulations - IP266

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Biosecurity Basics Tipsheet for Pastured Poultry - IP569

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Growing Your Range Poultry Business: An Entrepreneur's Toolbox - IP211

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Label Rouge: Pasture-Based Poultry Production in France - IP202

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Meat Chicken Breeds for Pastured Production - IP256

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Organic Livestock Feed Suppliers Database - IP171

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Organic Poultry Production - IP331

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Organic Poultry Production: Providing Adequate Methionine - IP363

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Parasite Management for Natural and Organic Poultry: Blackhead in Turkeys - IP372

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Parasite Management for Natural and Organic Poultry: Coccidiosis - IP245

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Pastured Poultry Budgets: Slow Growing Broiler and Organic Comparisons - IP361

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Pastured Poultry Nutrition and Forages - IP453

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Pastured Poultry: An HPI Case Study Booklet - IP161

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Pastured Poultry: Egg Production - IP493

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Pastured Turkey Production - IP545

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Pastured-Raised Poultry Nutrition - IP227

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Poultry Basics Tipsheet - IP489

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Poultry House Management for Alternative Production - IP308

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Poultry: Equipment for Alternative Production - IP295

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Range Poultry Housing - CT125

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Ratite Production: Ostrich, Emu & Rhea - CT087

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Small Poultry Processing Plants and Services Database

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Small-Scale Egg Handling - IP348

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Small-Scale Livestock Production - IP411

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Small-Scale Poultry Processing - IP231

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Tipsheet: Organic Poultry Production for Meat and Eggs - IP405

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Links to Non-NCAT Poultry Information

American Pastured Poultry Producers Association
Guidance for Determining Whether a Poultry Slaughter or Processing Operation is Exempt from Inspection Requirements of the Poultry Products Inspection Act
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Legal Issues for Small Scale Poultry Processors
[PDF/172KB]
Meat, Poultry and Egg Product Inspection Directory
NMPAN Guide to State Poultry Processing Regulations
[PDF/541KB]
Profitable Poultry: Raising Birds on Pasture
The Chicken and Egg Page