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Broiler Meat Flocks

Broilers are chickens raised for their meat. These resources are meant to help you get started with a small or backyard broiler flock.


Other resources

Anyone for a Few Broilers?

This older article from Michigan State gives an overview of starting a broiler flock.

This resource is a direct download link (PDF); updates cannot be guaranteed.

Management Requirements for Meat Bird Flocks

This article from Virginia Cooperative Extension covers a range of important topics, organized for easy skimming.

This resource can be viewed online or downloaded for free.

Raising Broilers and Turkeys for Competition

This article from University of Arkansas Extension covers raising broilers with an emphasis on eventually showing the birds.

This resource is a direct download link (PDF); updates cannot be guaranteed.


If you have questions about raising broilers in a backyard flock, contact an Area Specialized Agent for poultry, your county livestock agent or Ask an Expert.