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Avian Flu Advisory

This fall highly-pathogenic avian influenza virus is expected to be brought to the Southeast by migratory waterfowl traveling the Atlantic flyway. The disease has potential to cause devastating harm to commercial and backyard poultry flocks in Georgia. Biosecurity to protect chickens and other poultry species from the virus is the only effective defense against the disease. Information and resources can be found here.



In 1995, the Georgia General Assembly declared Georgia the official Poultry Capital of the World, and Governor Zell Miller signed the legislation on April 8, 1995.

Largest Agricultural Commodity

Broilers are Georgia's largest single agricultural commodity, and poultry is the largest agricultural segment; more than 45 percent of the state's agriculture and agribusiness economy. Additional revenue comes from numerous poultry industry meetings, seminars and conventions.

For the twenty-fifth consecutive year, Georgia has been the leader in broiler production with 1.41 billion birds and 7.47 billion pounds produced in 2008. If Georgia were a country, it would be the sixth largest in broiler production.

Popularity Expanding

While per-capita chicken consumption has doubled since 1978, Georgia's production has tripled. In 2007 there were 5,490 poultry farms in the state.

Key factors that make chicken America's favorite food are its nutritional and health advantages, price and economic value, expanding availability and endless variety of new, good-tasting and convenient ways to prepare chicken products.

Health Benefits

Of all meats, chicken provides the most nutrients with the least number of calories. Removing the skin reduces the already low fat content by almost half. A 3-ounce serving of skinless roasted chicken breast contains only 116 calories, yet provides more than half the recommended daily protein requirement.


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  • Department of Poultry Science's Extension and Outreach Programs
    Provides educational and service-related programs for commercial poultry producers, allied industry representatives, county Extension personnel, and small flock producers to enhance production and economic efficiencies while maintaining the state's competitive position in poultry production.
  • Depopulating Small Poultry Flocks
    An overview of how a UGA poultry scientist developed a mobile modified atmosphere killing (MAK) chamber which could provide a rapid response to disease outbreaks in predetermined regions.
  • Georgia's Nutrient Management Programs for Poultry Producers
    Comprehensive information on the development and implementation of nutrient management plans (NMPs) for poultry producers in Georgia.
  • Impact Statements: Poultry
    Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge & practices related to poultry.
  • Low-Dose Irradiation of Processed Poultry
    Overview of a UGA research project involving microbiology and sensory science and its implications for irradiation as a cost-effective technology suitable for inactivating Listeria monocytogenes in large scale processing of ready-to-eat poultry meat.
  • Natural Sanitizer Helps Poultry Processing
    An overview of UGA poultry scientists' studies involving inoculating a five-strain cocktail of Listeria monocytogenes onto the surface of fully cooked chicken products.
  • Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center
    College of Veterinary Research unit involved with teaching, research, and service in poultry medicine.
  • Poultry Ventilation Workshops
    An overview of UGA poultry scientists' and biological and agricultural engineers' two annual workshops for new and experienced broiler flock supervisors.
  • Stopping Salmonella on Poultry Farms
    An overview of a UGA study to assess the prevalence of Salmonella as well as antimicrobial resistance and dissemination of this organism in USDA-certified organic versus conventional broiler chicken farms within one poultry company in North Carolina.

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