If you have sick birds, it’s important to take action, as diseases spread quickly. The California Department of Food and Agriculture Avian Health Program has a free, bilingual hotline that can help you diagnose your birds. Call toll free, 1-866-922-BIRD (922–2473). There is also a low cost service to conduct a necropsy (post-mortem diagnosis) of backyard poultry available through the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory.
For more information on disease prevention and biosecurity of backyard flocks, scroll down to our resources on “Handling Diseases and Parasites in Poultry”.
In order to sell eggs, you first need to register as an Egg Handler through the California Department of Food and Agriculture Egg Safety and Quality Management Program (CDFA/ESQM). Apply by filling out this form. The law requires that eggs be processed before selling them, which includes cleaning, grading, and placing the eggs in containers. Learn more through this guide for egg handlers.
General Resources For Starting Raising and Managing Poultry Business
- Poultry publications (include budgets, housing dimensions, and other fact sheets)
- Small Scale Egg Handling
University of Wisconsin Extension
University of Maryland Extension
University of Missouri Extension
- What Gardeners Can Do: Tips for Urban Chicken Keepers
- Lo que los jardineros podemos hacer: Consejos para los criadores de gallinas en zonas urbanas
Information on Incubation and Hatching
- Common Incubation Problems: Causes and Remedies - Publication 8127
- Hatching Egg Sanitation: The Key Step in Successful Storage and Production - Publication 8120
Handling Disease and Parasites in Poultry
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)