Thank you for your deposit and reply. You will need to identify whether your primary focus will be on egg production or the sale of chickens themselves. I can offer the following information that should be helpful:
The US Egg and Poultry Association can be a significant resource covering all aspects of a poultry farm and providing seminars, contacts, technical assistance:
First, you may find it beneficial to consider a form of corporation
to protect you personally both financially and from activity liabilities related to the poultry farm. There have been instances of nuisance complaints from neighbors and the potential for food issues related to the raising of chickens (flies, contamination). Typically an S Corporation
or Limited Liability Company (LLC
) would work to provide that protection so that you and your personal assets are not at risk. You would need to sign everything (feed orders, supplies and other related contracts
to the farm in the name of the company with you signing "by and on behalf of the company."
SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business
through score.org has 10,000 volunteers to provide a free business
consulting and set up, some of whom have such farms. SCORE can help you with your business plan to set up the poultry farm to make it appropriate and hopefully profitable. There may also be SCORE volunteers to provide free face to face or online counseling. SCORE may be able to help you with pricing of your poultry products (eggs, chickens). You will need to build into your plan rates of mortality and expected yields.
If you have a local or state farm bureau association or grange, their resources and assistance can be valuable. The amount of advance effort will depend in part on how large you intend the initial poultry farm to be.
Your local insurance agent or broker can also be a source in a farm community to help identify set up and help you connect with other poultry farmers who may be willing to assist you.
Following is a checklist:
Acquisition and location of the farm location in a properly zoned area for poultry farming
Breed of chickens you will raise need to be identified
Business plan for the Farm
Financing availability for location, modifications and chickens, and supplies
Equipment such as incubators will be needed, check with your local farm supply for assistance and set up guidance or go online for suppliers
Reputable suppliers of chickens that are healthy and of good stock
Research poultry farms through a local public library and online sources provided
Sanitary conditions need to be address to ensure proper feeding and clean-up
Veterinary arrangements to care for the poultry
The following include links to A to Z start-up ideas that are available in the public domain and appear to be informative, however, I cannot specifically endorse them:
Start up poultry farm business plan:
Start up BizHub how to start a poultry farm or chicken business:
This should be a good start for you to pursue your goal of set up a poultry farm. If you would like further clarification, please let me know.