UGA Extension provides educational and service-related programs for commercial poultry producers, allied industry representatives and small flock producers to enhance production and economic efficiencies while maintaining the state's competitive position in poultry production.

Broilers and eggs are Georgia's two largest agricultural commodities, making up nearly 40 percent of the state's production value.Ā 

While per-capita chicken consumption has doubled since 1978, Georgia's production has tripled. Some of the factors that make chicken one of America's favorite foods are its nutritional and health advantages, price and economic value, expanding availability and endless variety of new, great-tasting and convenient ways to prepare chicken products.


Avian Flu Advisory The 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.
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Our Programs and Services

Websites

UGA-affiliated sites

UGA Department of Poultry Science The University of Georgia began offering specialized study in the poultry sciences even before creating the Department of Poultry Science in 1912. In the years since, many students have received degrees in poultry science.

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.

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.

Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center College of Veterinary Research unit involved with teaching, research, and service in poultry medicine.

Poultry Conferences and Workshops An overview of UGA poultry scientists' and biological and agricultural engineers' workshops for new and experienced broiler flock supervisors.

Poultry Tips Newsfeed and blog from the UGA Department of Poultry Science, as well as archived poultry tips from the past.

Poultry Housing Tips A wide variety of information related to poultry house environmental control and energy conservation.

Poultry House Emissions Human activities, including modern agriculture, contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. These publications, calculation tool and resources can help enhance your poultry house efficiency with minimal environmental impact.

Impact Statements: Poultry Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices in this area.

Impact Statements: Eggs Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices in this area.

External websites

Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network Dedicated to supporting the poultry industry and other bird owners by providing health monitoring and veterinary diagnostic services specific to poultry.


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News
  • Backyard Flock Safety Backyard chickens at risk as avian flu detected in wild duck in south Georgia. Published: 01/17/18
  • Learning Responsibility Youth learn responsibility by caring for and showing livestock. Published: 06/12/17
  • Safe Birds Avian influenza detected in Tennessee commercial poultry flock. Published: 03/09/17
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Top Poultry and Egg Producers
County Name Value
Madison $446,686,720
Franklin 368,923,740
Hart 342,821,195
Jackson 267,225,622
Banks 244,985,258
Gordon 225,952,825
Habersham 223,004,120
Hall 216,516,764
Colquitt 204,931,932
Oglethorpe 158,039,918
State Total: $5,344,469,992

Displaying farm gate values for 2016. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.