Commercial 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.

On-farm Food Safety

Commercial poultry and egg producers participate in on-farm food safety programs to document that they are taking the steps needed to produce a safe, quality product. They are regularly inspected for record keeping, biosecurity and food handling practices.
One of the important steps when shipping birds to market is proper feed withdrawal. Monitoring and implementing a good feed withdrawal program will produce cleaner end product with a longer shelf life.
Feed withdrawal prior to processing is recommended for flocks of all sizes.

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Small Flock Poultry

Picture of Flock in Farm

Flock management is an important consideration for keeping poultry flocks of any size.  A good flock management strategy allows birds to thrive in their environment, meet any production expectations the owner may have, and produce safe food. The following information focuses 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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