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 information here 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 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 version or summary of the EQCMA Backyard Poultry Raising Guide here (available in French only).

For more details on urban poultry farms, consult the MAPAQ site: Hens and chickens in the city (available in French only).

Other useful links

Breeder sites or breeder groups:

Poultry breeders of Quebec

Federation of Quebec Egg Producers

Quebec Small Animal Breeders Club

Federation of Producers of Heritage Breeds of Quebec

Duck from Quebec


Monograph of the poultry industry in Quebec

Portrait of the hatching egg production sector

Brochure Urban agriculture, Chicken in the city

Regulations relating to the confinement of captive birds

Regulations concerning animal welfare

​Small bird farms


National Farm Animal Care Council

Code of Practice for the care and handling of chickens, turkeys and breeders from hatchery to slaughter

Reference center in agriculture and agri-food in Quebec

Aviculture Guide

Signes de Poules, practical guide to observing poultry

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


ITAVI, Farm poultry breeding guide (pdf)

Government websites

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