The term 'poultry' refers to many different species of domesticated birds. While chickens, turkeys and ducks are the most popular poultry species raised on small and backyard farm, there are a number of other species that may be of interest for either egg production or consumption.
Ratites (Ostrich, Emu, Rhea)
Raising gamebirds (University of California)
Reeve's pheasants (Leland B. Hayes, PhD)
Agricultural alternatives: Pheasants (Penn State University)
Patridge production (Penn State University)
Raising chukar partridges (University of California)
Agricultural alternatives: Partridge (Penn State University)
How to make money raising chukar partridge (Carl G. Kline, 1979)
Feeding quail (Mississippi State University)
Brooding chickens and quail (Mississippi State University)
Bobwhite quail are most commonly raised for release in hunting preserves, althouth there are producers raising them in confinement for meat production.
Bobwhite quail production (Penn State University)
Bobwhite quail production and management guide (University of Georgia)
Raising bobwhite quail for commercial use (Mississippi State University)
Bobwhite quail management (Wildlife Management)
Habitat management for bobwhites: A basic guide for the land manager (Wildlife Management)
Forest management strategies for bobwhite quail (Wildlife Management)
Habitat management practices for bobwhite quail (Missouri University)
Habitat appraisal guide for bobwhite quail (Oklahoma State University)
Depending on the strain, Japanese quail can be raised for either meat or egg production.
Raising and propagating Japanese quail (University of California)
Keeping guinea fowl (University of Kentucky)
Guinea fowl management (University of Connecticut)
Gardening with guineas (Backyard poultry magazine)
Got ticks & bugs? Get Guineas! (Backyard poultry magazine)
Guinea Fowl International Association:
United Peafowl Association:
All about peacocks and peahens: How to raise peacocks, peacock info and peafowl species research
Peafowl (company-owned and maintained website)
The glorious & mystical peacock (Backyard poultry magazine)
It is not legal to raise wild turkeys in the state of Kentucky. You should check with your wildlife officer as to whether or not you are able to raise wild turkeys in your area before purchasing any.
Forest management for wild turkeys (Mississippi State University)
Ratites are birds without a keel bone. The keel bone serves as an anchor for the breast muscles used during flight. Ratites are not able to fly.
Raising ratites: Ostriches, emus and Rheas (Oregon State University)
Emu production (Texas A&M University)
Ostrich production (Oklahoma State University)
Ostrich production (Texas A&M University)
Factors influencing meat quality (British Domesticated Ostrich Association)
Rhea articles (company-owned and maintained website)
YouTube video - Raising emus
YouTube video - Caring for ostrich
YouTube video - Discovery channel's dirty jobs: Ostrich farm
Pigeons can be raised for meat (squab), racing, carrying messages, elaborate flying technique or exhibition.
Planning for profit: Squab (BC Ministry of Agriculture, Canada)
Squab raising (NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australia)
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