- Animals: poultry
- Animal Production: grazing - rotational
- Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, feasibility study
- Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, sustainability measures
Shipping baby chicks by air may no longer be possible after June of 2002. The farmer will explore whether it is feasible to establish a poultry hatchery to meet the needs of small farms in the Albany area, with an emphasis on pasture-raised meat birds, Cornish Cross chickens, and broad-breasted white turkeys. The study will make an inventory of northeast hatcheries, poultry buyers, and potential partners, and develop a business plan. Outreach will be through a local pastured poultry association as well as through local conservation and extension offices.