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Backyard Chickens

Time limit: 30 days

$20 Enroll

Full course description

Backyard Chickens

This self-paced online course will provide an overview of issues that new poultry owners can expect to face as they select and care for their flocks.  The course features interactive learning activities and custom videos.

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Time Requirements

  • 3 hours total.
  • The course is divided into 4 modules which can be completed at your own pace.
  • Each module should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Select the right birds for your needs.
  • Choose the right housing and equipment for your birds.
  • Describe the best practices for caring for chickens at different stages of life.
  • Recognize and prevent common health issues.
  • Apply best practices for biosecurity.

Teaching Method

This is an asynchronous, self-paced course.  You will watch videos, engage in learning activities, and take quizzes.  


  • Selecting Your Birds
  • Caring for Chicks
  • Caring for Chickens
  • All about Eggs
  • Poultry Health and Disease
  • Backyard Poultry and Implications for Public Health

Completing the Course

  • To complete the course, you must access all pages and earn 80% on the assessments.
  • Once you have completed the course, you can print a certificate of completion.