Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product
Niche Poultry Enterprises in New England
A guide for farmers and farm service providers
Broiler enterprises have started making a comeback in the region in recent years, but they tend to look very different from the standard broiler operations you’d find in Maryland or Georgia.
Scale is the most obvious difference: A typical broiler producer in New England might market somewhere between 500 and 5,000 chickens per year, whereas a middle-
of-the-road Southern broiler operation may grow upwards of half a million birds. Large-scale Southern and Midwestern operations raise batches of thousands of broilers in long metal broiler houses, while in the Northeast you’re more likely to find farmers moving groups of 50 to 100 broilers across fields in open-bottomed mobile coops or “chicken tractors.”
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) ONE13-183, Pastured poultry enterprise: Profits, production, and processing support with new and diversifying small-scale farms.
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