Courses of Study: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Grade 9 - 12, Poultry Science, 2009

1.) Describe various careers associated with poultry science.

2.) Explain the history of poultry science.

3.) Demonstrate the safe handling of chemicals and drugs used in poultry production.

Example: preventing chemicals from leaking into the groundwater supply

•  Identifying safety procedures for transporting poultry
Examples: securing birds in crates, securing crates on trucks

4.) Identify procedures for disposal of poultry litter, including spreading wet, dry, and dehydrated litter.

5.) Identify procedures for disposal of dead birds, including composting and freezing.

6.) Identify various breeds of poultry, including chickens, ducks, geese, quail, and turkeys.

•  Describing the structure and function of poultry skeletal, digestive, reproductive, excretory, respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems
7.) Explain accepted feeding practices for various kinds of poultry.

8.) Describe procedures for controlling diseases and parasites in poultry production.

•  Identifying symptoms for common poultry diseases and parasites
9.) Describe factors to be considered in the design of energy-saving housing for poultry, including ventilation and lighting.

•  Explaining uses of automation in poultry production
Examples: feeding, watering, air-conditioning, egg collecting, removing waste

•  Analyzing cooling systems used for reducing heat stress in poultry houses
Examples: fan systems, fogging systems, evaporative cooling systems

10.) Analyze health issues associated with poultry processing to avoid the spread of bacterial and viral infections.

11.) Identify governmental agencies regulating the poultry industry.

Examples: Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

•  Describing the importance of consumer education and community relations in poultry production
Examples: odor issues, irradiation of meat, water quality

12.) Describe biotechnological advancements in poultry science.

Examples: using eggs to produce medicines, vaccinating eggs

13.) Explain the operation of modern poultry businesses.

•  Comparing methods of marketing poultry products
•  Identifying advantages and disadvantages of contracting with large poultry firms