Online class will help smaller poultry farmers


ITHACA, N.Y. — Many small farms integrate a poultry enterprise — and many new farmers get started with poultry — because chickens, eggs, turkeys, and ducks are popular with customers, low-investment, quick-turnaround enterprises.

But there’s a lot to know, from getting breed selection right, to maintaining flock health, understanding marketing regulations, and optimizing feed rations. Profit margins can be slim, and making good decisions about these things means the difference between profit and loss.

Learn more online

BF 130: Poultry Production: Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, and Ducks is a six-week online course, offered through the Cornell Small Farms Program, that will help you improve your existing poultry operation or set up a new poultry enterprise.

The course consists of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting.

The course runs Oct. 15 – Nov. 19, with webinars Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. EST.

The cost is $200, but multiple people from the same farm may participate without paying extra.

For information call 607-255-9227, email or visit

The class is part of the line-up of 12 online courses offered this fall, winter and spring by the Cornell Small Farms Program.


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