Small poultry enterprise study
A Small-Enterprise Chicken Study for operations with 1,000 to 1,999 chickens will be conducted by the USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) during August and July.
The information received from this Small-Enterprise Chicken Study
is intended to help researchers analyse the potential spread of poultry diseases and possible response measures.
The study will:
â€¢ Describe characteristics of small-enterprise operations, including bird species on hand, seasonal inventory and marketing of free-range chickens or eggs and organic or other niche-market products.
â€¢ Describe movements of animal, people, waste products, vehicles and equipment on and off operations and estimate the distances associated with these movements.
â€¢ Examine biosecurity practices, including bird access to the outdoors.
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will randomly select a sample of small-enterprise chicken operations. A questionnaire will then be mailed to the operations. Participation is voluntary and confidential.