[montanafood_ag] New ATTRA Poultry Tipsheet

Rich Myers richm at ncat.org
Fri Oct 10 13:36:48 MDT 2014

Hello, we thought you might be interested in our new "tipsheet" about raising poultry both on the farm and in the city.


Rich Myers
National Center for Appropriate Technology


ATTRA Tipsheet Lays Out Poultry Basics

Chickens are becoming more and more popular, both for farms and backyards. And there’s no mystery why: besides the tasty eggs and meat and the income they can generate, chickens can build soil fertility and help control pests.

A new ATTRA publication, Poultry Basics Tipsheet complements the more in-depth information from ATTRA about poultry production, including the Poultry Production Systems resource list. It includes some helpful pointers for choosing chicken breeds, caring for a flock, and raising a flock in the city.
Poultry Basics Tipsheet is the latest in a series of similar ATTRA publications addressing production for various crops and livestock. 

They are available at the ATTRA website: www.attra.ncat.org

here is the direct link to Poultry Basics Tipsheet.

Poultry Basics Tipsheet Table of Contents
•	Introduction
•	Key Questions Before Getting Started
•	Raising a Flock in the City
•	Chicken Breeds
•	Basic Chick Care
•	Basic Chicken Care
•	Mobile or Permanent Pen? 

ATTRA—National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service—was developed and is maintained  through a cooperative agreement with the USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service  by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Butte, Montana.

ATTRA has been the nation’s leading resource for information on sustainable agriculture since 1987, covering a wide range of topics, including reducing pesticide use on cropland, promoting food safety in sustainable production systems, reducing farm energy use and costs, enriching soils with the use of cover crops, and providing technical assistance in the growing areas of local farmers markets and urban gardening.

In addition to hundreds of sustainable-agriculture publications, ATTRA’s other popular offerings include a free sustainable-agriculture telephone helpline and the “Ask an Ag Expert” feature on the home page.  It has an archive of webinars and videos generated by NCAT and partnering organizations.

ATTRA also maintains numerous popular databases, including sustainable-agriculture internships and apprenticeships, and is a source for the day’s agriculture news, among other features.

Since 1976, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has been helping people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities and protect natural resources. In partnership with businesses, organizations, individuals and agricultural producers, NCAT is working to advance solutions that will ensure the next generation inherits a world that has clean air and water, energy production that is efficient and renewable, and healthy foods grown with sustainable practices. More information about its programs and services is available at www.ncat.org or by calling 1-800-ASK-NCAT.

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