Poultry in Kansas
The commercial poultry industry is one of the largest users of feed grain in the United States and the potential for commercialization in Kansas is high. In the past eight years, expansion has occurred in the commercial egg area, turkey production, and most recently in the area of replacement pullet production. Economic development opportunities through the poultry industry could bring additional jobs, use Kansas grain, and reverse the rural outflow of the labor force.
The Kansas game bird recreational industry is considered one of the top three sources of tourism. People from all over the US are attracted to the beautiful vistas that are rich in pheasant and quail. It is likely that the production of game birds and the use of game birds in the recreation environment will continue to grow. Each of these enterprises are large users of Kansas produced grain and feed by-products.
2016 Spring Pullet Sale
The KSU Poultry and Gamebird Research and Teaching Center is taking orders for the 2016 Spring Pullet Sale. Pullets are young hens that have been raised from hatch until they are ready to produce large numbers of eggs over a couple of years. Our pullets are specially selected for high egg production and perfect for small farm flocks. These birds are all hybrids and will produce eggs at the most efficient costs. One complaint we often get is that they lay too many eggs!
Our pullets will be fully vaccinated. By the day of the sale, they will have been vaccinated for: Marek's, Newcastle, Bronchitis, AE/Fowl Pox, and Infectious Bursal diseases. It is NOT permitted for us to vaccinate for influenza. They will be slightly beak trimmed to prevent picking. They will be around 17 weeks old and ready to lay in about 1-2 weeks after arriving at your coop. We will provide management instructions when they are picked up. You will need to purchase complete laying feed, NOT hen scratch, from a local supplier.
These birds are white feathered and will lay white shelled eggs. They are a based on a Leghorn hybrid cross. Cost: $7.75 each.
These are tan, red or brown feathered birds and they will produce brown eggs. They look much like a New Hampshire Red with a splash of white feathers and a little less body weight. Cost: $8.50 each.
After your order is placed, we will send a confirmation and information about pick up which will only be on campus in Manhattan. We cannot mail order pullets. Our pullets will be raised and managed by KSU Animal Sciences and Industry students. This event is held annually in the spring and we always sell out of all the birds the students produce. Because of avian flu biosecurity procedures, the pullets will be readied at a site away from the farm. You must bring your own containers or cages. Your trailer, car, cages and coops MUST BE CLEAN, and if manure is present you will not be allowed to pick up. You will not be permitted to tour or the farm facilities due to the strict biosecurity measures. Your containers should have good airflow and be placed in an area where fresh air is available. We will not put any birds in a trunk or something we think will harm the welfare of the birds! You must make full payment at the time of pick up.