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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. 

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 Influenza Information Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is a contagious disease that causes high mortality in poultry such as chickens, turkeys, quail, etc. The virus is carried by wild waterfowl. If commercial or backyard birds get infected, sick birds can produce and shed vast numbers of virus particles that can spread to infect other poultry. The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the USDA are mandated to contain and eradicate HPAI. State and federal surveillance programs monitor for the occurrence of avian influenza in domestic poultry and wild birds on an ongoing basis.
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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.

Commodity Teams at CAES Teams made up of research scientists and extension specialists work together to provide the latest technology and information for efficient, profitable production of some of Georgia's most valuable commodities.

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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  • New Poultry Science Building New Poultry Science Building As students begin the spring semester, one building on the University of Georgia's South Campus is welcoming students for the very first time.
  • High-School Poultry Science High-School Poultry Science The University of Georgia Department of Poultry Science created a beginner-level poultry science curriculum to help prepare students for future careers.
  • Economic Slowdown Economic Slowdown Economists at the University of Georgia say to brace yourselves for continued high prices at the grocery store in the coming months.
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Top Poultry and Egg Producers
County Name Value
Hart $565,352,598
Franklin 545,953,188
Madison 429,659,298
Gordon 355,187,349
Tattnall 353,580,132
Oglethorpe 297,252,983
Colquitt 287,202,495
Banks 253,921,184
Jackson 229,696,010
Gilmer 210,636,700
State Total: $7,746,816,721

Displaying farm gate values for 2022. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.