Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, and Ducks

Many new farmers get started with poultry, because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick turnaround time from start-up to revenue. The margins can be slim though, and farmers need to develop the necessary skill set to produce a product that is both safe and profitable. This course will help you get started with all the basic information to build a successful poultry enterprise.

Target Audience

Beginner – The course is for aspiring and beginning farmers (individuals with limited or no experience with poultry rearing) seeking to learn about poultry production and the marketing, processing, and sales of poultry and poultry products in New York State. (NOTE: You do not have to be farming in NYS to benefit from the production-oriented information in this course. Only the regulatory information covered is NY-specific).

Course Objectives

  • At the completion of this course, you will:
  • Know the basics of poultry production from field to plate
  • Have knowledge of breed selection, production systems, flock management practices, and cost of production
  • Identify rules and regulation for sale of poultry products to various market outlets


The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our virtual classroom. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the online interface of the course to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from outside presenters and address your farm questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.

Webinar Schedule

Tues. Nov 3, 6-7:30pm Eastern time, and each Tues after that until the final webinar on Tues Dec 8. All webinars will be recorded and shared for later viewing.