Small Flock Poultry

Over 1,000 farms in Manitoba have chickens, turkeys and other poultry. Most flocks are very small with the birds kept for home use. Manitoba is self-sufficient in poultry and egg production and almost all of the eggs and meat consumed by Manitobans are produced on the 400 commercial poultry farms in the province. This information is focused on the feeding, management and health of small backyard flocks.

Feeds and Nutrition

Supplying the right feed is one of the keys to a healthy, productive small flock of chickens. The nutrients and feed ingredients must be matched to the age and type of bird being raised.
The health and well-being of a small poultry flock depends on maintain good air quality, temperature, litter and litter conditions.
Animal Health and Biosecurity
Small flocks are susceptible to a number of diseases. Other poultry flocks, especially other birds from other backyard flocks, are common sources of these diseases. For some diseases like avian influenza, wild waterfowl are a concern. Practicing good biosecurity is an important method of protecting your birds.

For more information on biosecurity and disease control, visit animal health.

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