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NC State Extension

Housing

The housing you choose for your flock influences their health and well-being. These resources can help you decide what kind of housing to use and how to build/get it.


NC State Extension resources

Keeping Garden Chickens in North Carolina

This article from N.C. Cooperative Extension covers all aspects of starting and managing a backyard or garden flock of chickens in North Carolina.

This resource can be viewed online or downloaded for free.

Pastured Poultry Webinar Series

The Pastured Poultry webinar series from NC Choices covers five areas important to beginning (and continuing) farmers: management, nutrition, infrastructure, processing and health.
These resources can be viewed online.

Other resources

Building Plans: Poultry

This list from North Dakota State University includes dozens of plans for building poultry houses of different sizes. The list is in a table.

This resource can be viewed online. Plans can be downloaded.

Large-Scale Pastured Poultry Farming in the U.S.
Research Brief #63

This article from the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems gives economic information on pastured poultry farming, with questions to consider before getting started.

This resource can be viewed online or downloaded for free.

Poultry Enterprise Budget

This article from the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems offers a spreadsheet to use for budgeting.

This resource can be viewed online. An Excel 2000 spreadsheet is available to download. See also the Suggestions for Use document – the link is a direct download link.

Range Poultry Housing

(from the abstract) In this publication experienced pastured-poultry producer Robert Plamondon discusses housing designs for outdoor production, including daily-move pens, machine-portable housing, fixed housing, and feed shelters. Numerous examples of different types of poultry housing are pictured and described.

This resource can be ordered in print or for download.
Download: $2.95; Print: $5.95.

Small Scale Poultry Housing
2902-1092

This article from Virginia Cooperative Extension gives details for why housing is necessary and includes spacing requirements. Plans for small-scale housing are included.

This resource can be viewed online or downloaded for free.

Transporting Poultry in a Humane Manner
2902-1088 (APSC-147NP)

This article from Virginia Cooperative Extension explains how to safely transport poultry when needed (for example, for a vet visit).

This resource can downloaded for free.


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