About The AuthorTemi Cole

I’m Temi Cole.

I remember when I first began to learn poultry farming…

Hours back-to-back bouncing from blog to blog looking for the definitive answers.

But what I did find was a lot of heavy PDF research papers which made it such a STEEP learning curve.

All I wanted to do was to write a project plan.

But all the relevant information was scattered far and wide.

Plus, at times incomplete.

That was January 2019…

Today, my poultry farming business resources are among some of the most ranked online, worldwide!

SERP - Poultry Farming Profit Calculation

The example above is my guide on ‘poultry farming profit calculation’. It ranks in the #1 spot – even whilst battling it out with over 5 million other web pages.

Not bad, huh?

Or, how about the world’s #1 ‘poultry farming eBook‘…

SERP - Poultry Farming eBook

This result pipped over a million other web entries on Google.

Next, the following effort muscled in on over 16 million competing web pages on Google for ‘poultry farming project’ across the globe.

SERP - Poultry Farming Project

To date, this ‘Poultry Farming Project: 12 Steps To Writing Your Report & Proposal (PDF)’ has been the most successful article published on The Big Book Project.

And all this within just one year of being an absolute newbie to the world of poultry farming.

But the point wasn’t to boast.

I want to encourage you (if you are new to poultry farming) to get started ASAP…by showing you what is possible (…and much, much more).

For this post, I present my personal collection of hand-picked resources for learning poultry farming – the right way.




How to Start a Poultry Farm: Self-Start Techniques for Beginners (2020)

(The Big Book Project)

This guide will give you razor-sharp commercial focus for starting your poultry farming enterprise.

If you are a newbie, it’s a must-read to set solid poultry foundations.

How to start a poultry farm - The Big Book Project

Good Practices in Planning and Management of Integrated Commercial Poultry Production in South Asia


A detailed breakdown of the poultry farming business. It covers various species including chicken, ducks, geese, turkeys, quail etc.

If you are not based in South Asia, don’t be put off by the title. It’s actually a far more universal guide than it would seem.

Simply, download today.

Good practices in planning and management of integrated commercial poultry production in South Asia - FAO

Poultry Farm Manual: A Reference Guide for Central & State Poultry Farms

(Department of Animal Husbandry Dairies & Fisheries – Gov’t of India )

Packs in lots of facts and figures – yet scores high for brevity.

Short, but sweet – in a nutshell. But comprehensive, lots of take-home knowledge gained QUICKLY & PAINLESSLY.

Poultry Farm Manual - Government of India

Basic Management of Poultry in Developing Communities

(University of Maryland Extension)

The most illustrative guide by far.

An essential field handbook for every beginner. It does more of ‘showing you’ rather than telling you.

Written in an easy – “do’s and don’ts” fashion. You’ll re-read this MANY times over.

Basic Management of Poultry

Small Scale Poultry Farming in Central Ethiopia (PDF)

(Genesis Farms Ethiopia)

A giveaway with this guide is the phrase: ‘Teacher’s Version’. Hint: It was written for extension agents and teachers.

Therefore, it’s solid training tool.

An A-Z effort, done well. Lots of templates, quizzes/tests and even a sample business plan in the appendices. Completing this manual is completing a course. A real sense of accomplishment when all is done.

Small Scale Poultry Farming

Broiler Farming: The Definitive Guide (2020)

(The Big Book Project)

This guide was designed to show you all about broiler farming from a business point of view.

It does the job of answering a lot of questions which other materials skirt around at best.

Broiler Farming - The Big Book Project

Almost Everything You Need To Know About Raising Broiler Chicken

(University of Connecticut)

The second title in this round-up written by a Ph.D – but equally (as the first) a most pleasurable read.

Covers all critical topics and in bite-sized chunks. Just enough detail in each chapter to slam dunk a key takeaway each time.

Lots of evergreen reference material here. You’ll want to print this.

Almost Everything You Need To Know About Raising Broiler Chickens

Layer Chicken: 72 Weeks in the Life of a Layer Hen Farmer

(The Big Book Project)

A fly-on-the-wall approach to telling you what to expect week to week (over 72 weeks) whilst rearing a batch of layer chicks to maturity.

Written in the 3rd person, after the style of a journal – it’s easily digestible and covers a broad range of topics with ease.

Layer Chicken - The Big Book Project

Raising Poultry for Meat or Eggs

(Minnesota Extension)

A well-rounded introduction into keeping broilers or layer birds on a small-scale.

Useful for if you need a quick comparison of the two related codes of chicken farming.

An interactive layout with dropdown panels to reveal just the information you need. An easy read.

Small Scale Poultry

Broiler Management Handbook

(Arbor Acres / Avigen)

Best-in-class broiler rearing handbook from the market’s leading breeder.

Have a technical/operational question about raising broilers?

Look no further.

Broiler Management Handbook Avigen

Brown Commercial Layers Management Guide


All the industry-standard datasets and reference benchmarks for layer farming.

This is a critical planning guide for anyone starting up or growing a commercial layer farm.

Brown Commercial Layers Management Guide

Poultry Farming Project: 12 Steps To Writing Your Report & Proposal (PDF)

(The Big Book Project)

This article demonstrates in detail how to write a persuasive poultry farming project report.

It is filled with screenshots, in-depth calculations with workings out, financial examples and a PDF download.

Poultry Farming Project - The Big Book Project

Poultry Farm Loan: Unmissable Reasons – Why You Don’t Need One

(The Big Book Project)

Often the priority topic on the lips of many when starting or expanding a business – finance.

This article speaks explicitly of the dangers of raising your poultry business on borrowings.

And more importantly, how to do it without the yoke of debt.

Poultry Farming Loan - The Big Book Project

What’s The Cost Of Rearing Poultry? A Practical Analysis For Any Number

(The Big Book Project)

A revealing, technical breakdown of the REAL business costs involved in starting up a poultry farm.

It includes step-by-step case studies with calculations to illustrate.

What's The Cost of Rearing Poultry - The Big Book Project

Poultry Farm Profit Calculation: A Detailed Step-By-Step Guide

(The Big Book Project)

A deep dive into how you should calculate the various forms of business profit in your poultry farm.

A must read.

Poultry Farm Profit Calculation - The Big Book Project

Benefit Cost Ratio: What Does It Mean? (Inc. Formula & Calculator)


Want an accurate way of measuring if your planned poultry farm will be profitable?

Use this guide + instant calculator to get your results today.

Benefit Cost Ratio: What Does It Mean?

Agribusiness Email Course

(The Big Book Project)

A deep dive into the crux of building a successful agribusiness plan.

Unlock today the most critical factors for putting together your winning plan.

Agribusiness Email Course - The Big Book Project
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Selecting a Site for Livestock and Poultry Operations

(MU Extension)

This guide shows you the practical points for consideration when planning a poultry farm.

A sound checklist for making the right land decision.

Selecting A Site For Livestock and Poultry Operations

Plan For One Man, Ten Acre Poultry Farm

(The Poultry Pages)

This article helps you design a ‘pastured poultry’ farm site for a single person operation, over a few acres.

Ten Acre Poultry Farm

Poultry Houses and Fixtures

(University of North Texas Libraries)

This publication was written in 1940 – but is as valuable today, as it was then.

This guide tells you EXACTLY how and why you should adopt any specific house design.

Poultry Houses and Fixtures

Poultry Houses: A Guide To Designs, Systems, Sizes & Structures

(The Big Book Project)

This guide will get you technically prepared for deciding on the most advantageous poultry house.

Poultry Houses A Guide To Designs - The Big Book Project

Floor Space Requirement For Layers: Online Calculator for Best Practice

(The Big Book Project)

A neat guide for figuring out just how much floor space you need for your layer houses.

It comes with an instant calculator that will email you the estimate.

Floor Space Requirement For Layers - The Big Book Project

Choosing the Best Poultry Breed for your Small Farm

(The University of Maryland Extension)

A simple factsheet with all the best reasons why to choose a particular breed of chicken for your farm.

Choosing The Best Poultry Breed For Your Farm

Chicken Breed Comparison Chart

(The Livestock Conservancy)

At a glance, this visual chart will help you separate out the most recognisable world chicken breeds.

A quick aid for making a snap decision on breed for meat or egg production.

Download, print and pin.

Chicken Breed Comparison Chart

Poultry Farm Equipments

(Tamil Nadu Agricultural University)

A practical, who’s who list of the most common small scale poultry farming equipment.

Scan this list for a broad understanding on best kit for your farm.

Poultry Farm Equipments

12 Poultry Farm Biosecurity Principles You Should Know


This presentation summarises your farm’s main lines of defence against disease.

Instructions to help bolster your prevention of disease outbreak.

12 Poultry Farm Biosecurity Principles You Should Know

Poultry Biosecurity

(Iowa State University)

What a find!

This super simple guide shows you how to:

  • write a biosecurity plan,
  • how to document disease control measures,
  • how to train your staff to keep strict biosecurity on-site

& much more. Don’t miss out.

Poultry Biosecurity

Awareness and Practice of Biosecurity Measures in Small Scale Poultry Production in Ekiti State, Nigeria

(IOSR Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science)

A study raising a very important point on the issue of poultry farm biosecurity.

Here it is…

Most farmers already know good biosecurity measures – BUT will they keep them?

Awareness and Practice of Biosecurity Measures In Small Scale Poultry Production

Practicing Good Broiler Stockmanship is the Key to Minimising Antibiotic Use

(The Poultry Site)

A masterclass for instituting the right stockman habits.

This 2-part guide details the ideal skillset for your practical poultry hand.

Practicing Good Broiler Stockmanship

Broiler Care Practices

(The Poultry Site)

An examination of how best to handle birds throughout their life cycle – for best results.

Broiler Care Practices

Egg Production

(NAFIS National Farmers Information Service)

A useful guide for finding your feet in calculating egg production.

This guide tells you exactly how to accurately estimate the no. of eggs you should receive from your farm.

Egg Production

Calculating the Net Return for Broiler Production

(US Department of Agriculture)

A good overview showing you how to calculate what your ‘take home pay’ should be after running your broiler farm.

Calculating Net Return For Broiler Production

Broiler Farming Email Course

(The Big Book Project)

An exclusive email course that only our email subscribers get.

I spell out in detail how to estimate accurate broiler farming profits.

Broiler Farming Email Course
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Layer Farming Email Course

(The Big Book Project)

These are revealing step-by-step technical insights which are JUST what you need if you want to calculate layer profits today.

Layer Farming Email Course
[Click the button below and subscribe to the layer email course]

Marketing Organization for Eggs


A traditional, yet viable outline for how to get your eggs to market, profitably.

This guide shows you the options which you typically will have available for selling egg product.

Marketing Organisation For Eggs

Direct Marketing Meats … Selling Freezer Chicken

(The Poultry Site)

A well-rounded tutorial on the relevant strategies for marketing your broiler meat direct to public.

Direct Marketing Meats ... Selling Freezer Chicken

How to Make Profit Selling Produce to Restaurants from a Smallholding

(Smallholdings For Sale)

This practical guide will show you how to successfully sell your poultry products directly to restaurant buyers.

Well researched, evidenced tips and recommendations.

How To Make Profit Selling Produce To Restaurants From A Smallholding

How to Jump on the Bandwagon of Local Best Selling Produce

(Smallholdings For Sale)

Some great case studies for learning strategies that work in the real world for growing your customer base.

How To Jump On The Bandwagon Of Local Best Selling Produce

How to Sell Produce Online…Guide for Building an Online Farm Shop

(Smallholdings For Sale)

This guide shows you in explicit detail how to use the internet for selling direct to your customers.

How To Make Profit Selling Produce To Restaurants From A Smallholding

Poultry Farm Record Maintenance

(Tamil Nadu Agricultural University)

This is an exhaustive A-Z list of the various types of farm records which you will need to keep.

Each item providing valuable oversight over your layer or broiler operation.

Poultry Farm Record Maintenance

Record Chart For Broiler Growers

(University of Nebraska – Lincoln)

A gold standard record sheet for every broiler farm.

A simple ‘copy and paste’ proforma for your own operation, to use ASAP.

This helps you track every key performance indicator.

Record Chart For Broiler Growers


I hope this guide helps you see poultry farming more clearly & learn all about it.

Now, over to you:

Do you have a favourite resource within the list?

Or, do you know of one which should have been added?

Either way, I’d welcome hearing your point of view.

Leave a comment below, now…


5 thoughts on “

  1. Dear Sir
    Thanks for this awesome report. It surely reflects your diligence and hard work. Definitely this would be a very useful report for ages that are to come.

    1. Hello Giri,

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      Digging deep does have it’s cost.

      But the benefit to anyone wanting to start or grow a poultry business (I hope) will be TOTALLY worth it.

      The resources in the guide have longevity. A kind of timeless quality. [That said, I’ll keep reviewing the content and update wherever necessary.]

      Again, I appreciate your feedback.

      If you put any of the tips above into practice, let me know your results.

      Speak again soon.


    1. Hello Bonile,

      Glad you found the guide useful.

      Help isn’t really help unless you can do something about it.

      The resources in this guide are indeed practical and easy to follow for people at all stages.

      Keep me posted on your progress.

      Speak soon,


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