University of California

UC Davis Pastured Poultry Farm

An Innovation and Education Facility for Pastured Poultry Production 


What is the Pastured Poultry Farm?

  • A poultry focused research and education hub for pastured poultry producers (layers and broilers), master gardeners, backyard enthusiasts, educators, academia, students, food producers, food buyers, food safety and animal welfare auditors.

Why do we need a Pastured Poultry Farm?

  • The poultry industry is currently undergoing radical changes in the ways poultry products are being produced. “Non-traditional” methods such as pasture production are becoming increasingly popular.
  • Several challenges such as food safety, animal health and welfare, and environmental issues, are associated with raising poultry on pasture.
  • Therefore, there is wide interest in developing best practices and outreach strategies for pasture poultry with respect to four areas:

1) production practices (coop design, disease management, animal welfare), 2) food safety, 3) environmental management, 4) farm-based economics.

  • This sector of poultry production has been under-served by academic institutions and, to our knowledge, the UC Davis Pastured Poultry Farm will be the only educational and research center offering such a comprehensive approach of pastured poultry production in the Western United States.

Where is the Farm and what does it Look Like?

  • The University has provided ~4.5 acres of irrigated pasture for this project, located on the west side of campus.
  • An interdisciplinary team of faculty members, staff, graduate and undergraduate students has been constituted (more details under "About Us").
  • A customized "eggmobile" was designed and constructed by the UC Davis Sustainable Design Academy.
  • Our first laying flock (150 day-old chicks) has been placed on September 22nd 2015 and started egg laying in February 2016. Our eggs are donated weekly  (~600) to the Yolo Food Bank.
  • Research projects and elaboration of teaching modules will follow shortly afterwards.



If you have questions/suggestions or comments, please contact Dr. Maurice Pitesky at mepitesky@ucdavis.edu

Still Want to Know More?

Watch our new video: UC Davis Explores Pasture-Raised Chickens



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