Learning how to care for your birds is critical to their health and well-being
Small Flock Poultry: Raising Healthy Birds

A poultry playbook for the Backyard Farmer and beyond.

Raising amazing chicks: The first seven days

Choosing a chicken coop size is one of the most critical issues to consider when buying a new chicken coop.

How to Choose the Right Size Chicken Coop for Your Chickens

These free chicken coop plans will help give your chickens a nice safe home where they can flourish.

13 Free DIY Chicken Coop Plans
Nutrition for the Backyard Flock

Advice for the hobby flock owner or smallholder on feeding meat- and egg-type chickens from Larry Vest and Nick Dale of the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgia.

Nutrition for the Backyard Flock
Biosecurity Recommendations for Small Flock Poultry Owners

People who raise “backyard flocks” – poultry or gamebirds for personal or limited commercial purposes – should be aware of the risk to their birds, and to commercial poultry, from diseases such as avian influenza virus.

Biosecurity Recommendations for Small Flock Poultry Owners
CFO Family Food Program

In 2010, CFO implemented a program requiring all Family Food Growers (non-commercial and formerly small flock growers) to register their flocks and follow certain requirements to promote bird health and disease management, while enhancing education and communication opportunities.

CFO Family Food Program

Expert Carson Arthur helps us create a guide for freshest-ever-egg enthusiasts everywhere.

Everything you ever wanted to know about keeping chickens in your backyard

People are becoming more interested in where their food comes from, and want to ensure access to quality eggs and chicken, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Raising Backyard Chickens

Poultry are one of the most popular choices for urban producers who want to raise livestock. Chickens and ducks can be a source of eggs, meat or both; turkeys and gamebirds are raised for meat.

Urban Agriculture Business Information Bundle

Many people in Ontario own small flocks of poultry, such as backyard chickens or other birds raised for meat and/or eggs, hobby birds, show/ornamental birds, sport birds and pet birds.

Small Flock Poultry: Raising Healthy Birds

Learn about how to minimize stress and improve transport for small flock poultry. This technical information is for small flock poultry owners in Ontario.

Transport guidelines for small flock poultry owners

Whether you’ve raised a dozen small flocks of poultry or you’re just getting started with your first, you will yield far better results when you fully understand the importance of the first seven days of a chick’s life.