Raising your poultry at home

Poultry breeders, for personal consumption or for small-scale sale, this site is for you! Whether you are in a rural or urban area, you will find here information on breeding and regulations, references, contacts and Quebec organizations that will help you in your process of raising healthy chickens or other poultry.

This site is aimed at breeders of the majority of poultry species, namely:

  • Chickens
  • Turkeys
  • Chickens
  • Ducks
  • Quails
  • Partridge
  • Pheasants
  • Guinea fowl
  • Geese

Many factors must be considered in order to produce a quality bird in a pleasant and responsible manner. By knowing the potential impact of each of these factors on your birds, you will be able to take the right actions at the right time.

You can download a full or summary version of the EQCMA Backyard Poultry Raising Guide here.

For more details on urban poultry farms, consult the MAPAQ brochure: Hens and chickens in the city – Urban agriculture 

Other useful links

Breeder sites or breeder groups:

Poultry breeders of Quebec
http://volaillesduquebec.qc.ca/

Federation of Quebec Egg Producers
http://www.oeuf.ca/

Quebec Small Animal Breeders Club
http://www.cepaqc.com/

Federation of Producers of Heritage Breeds of Quebec
http://www.fprpq.com

Duck from Quebec
http://www.canardduquebec.com

MAPAQ

Monograph of the poultry industry in Quebec
www.mapaq.gouv.qc.ca/fr/Publications/Volaille.pdf

Portrait of the hatching egg production sector
www.mapaq.gouv.qc.ca/fr/Publications/oeufs_incubation_WEB.pdf

Brochure Urban agriculture, Chicken in the city
http://www.mapaq.gouv.qc.ca/fr/Publications/Poulesenville.pdf

Regulations relating to the confinement of captive birds
http://legisquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fr/ShowDoc/cr/P-42,%20r.%204

Regulations concerning animal welfare
http://www.mapaq.gouv.qc.ca/Fr/Productions/santeanimale/securitebienetre/Pages/securitebienetre.aspx

​Small bird farms
https://www.mapaq.gouv.qc.ca/fr/Productions/santeanimale/entreprises/RAIZO/reseauaviaire/Pages/Petits-Elevages-Oiseaux.aspx

 

National Farm Animal Care Council

Code of Practice for the care and handling of chickens, turkeys and breeders from hatchery to slaughter
http://www.nfacc.ca/codes-de-pratiques/poulets-dindons-et-reproducteurs

Reference center in agriculture and agri-food in Quebec

Aviculture Guide
http://www.craaq.qc.ca/Publications-du-CRAAQ/guide-aviculture/p/PAVI0018-PDF

Signes de Poules, practical guide to observing poultry
http://www.craaq.qc.ca/Publications-du-CRAAQ/signes-de-poules/p/PAUT0119

The pheasant, breeding guide
The quail, breeding guide
The guinea fowl, breeding guide
The duck and the goose, breeding guide

France

ITAVI, Farm poultry breeding guide (pdf)

Government websites

Website Ontario, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; small flock of poultry