WE ARE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT PEOPLE AND POULTRY!
The Sustainable Poultry Network–USA is making a difference in the birds people eat with the poultry that are being raised on backyards, farming communities and regions. Be a part of SPN-USA as together we:
Connect with your local
“SPN-USA Certified” farmers
Successfully breed and grow standard-bred poultry that are productive and profitable!
Instruction on the genetics and welfare of birds and why it matters.
Experience slow growing poultry with it amazing meat, flavor
SPN–USA TRAINING PRODUCTS
Sustainable Poultry Production
Strategy Seminar: Learn how to effectively breed, grow and market poultry products that are both sustainable and profitable while creating your own sustainable poultry production model.
Hands-on Intensive Workshop: Learn how to truly identify a heritage bird. How much space and what type of facilities are needed? Culling and selecting; poultry health and marketing; all done in your own backyard!
1+ HOURS EACH SESSION
Building a Sustainable Business:
We will look carefully at the whole farm approach. Learn how to plan and build a strategic, balanced, sustainable business, that reflects your values and is successful — in the long run.
Keep your flock healthy and productive: Learn the differences between bacterial, nutritional, fungus and viral diseases. What common disinfectants can be used for poultry? What about vaccinations and various medicines for poultry?
SUSTAINABLE POULTRY NETWORK—USA CORE VALUES
NATURAL, OUTDOOR ACCESS
USING POULTRY STANDARDS
Provide birds access to natural, outdoor pasture and allow birds the opportunity to perform natural and instinctive behaviors essential to their health
All breeding flocks of poultry are identified by the Poultry Standards noting where the breed originated. Genetic lines must trace back multiple generations; and exhibit traits that meet the standard guidelines for breed.
Develop local networks of farmers who are committed to sustainable poultry production models that promote and encourage sustainability through raising and selling poultry products locally.
TOOLS FOR SUCCESS
CARE OF THE BIRDS
Humane and conscientious attitude toward the birds in their care, housing and husbandry as laid out in welfare standards of the SPN–USA™. The standards premise is that animals are allowed to behave naturally, ensure social interaction, comfort, with physical and psychological well-being.
Commitment to working and cooperating with local farmers for ongoing education: training for understanding, coaching for implementation and mentoring for multiplication. Our goal is to reproduce other local self-supporting, sustainable-poultry farmers.
Intentionally connect with those who prepare birds for eating; inform chefs and consumers of the nutritional differences between genetically engineered poultry and historical, heritage breeds. Equip them with marketing tools to be successful and profitable in their business.
FARM FRESH POULTRY MEAT, EGGS AND CHICKS AVAILABLE FROM
THESE SPN-USA RECOGNIZED FLOCK FARMS
We highly recommend purchasing chicks, poults, young birds or even older breeders from these recognized flocks. These farms are the place to go to pick-up fresh poultry meat or eggs and other farm fresh products. Most of these certified flocks are also NPIP tested flocks.
Click on the states to view farms.
POULTRY IN THE UNITED STATES
According to the USDA, Americans eat more then 85 pounds of poultry per person, per year. Here are some numbers to cluck about.
EGGS PRODUCED DAILY
THANKSGIVING DAY TURKEYS
SPN-USA CHICKS AND POULTS HATCHED**
*2014 USDA Stats **SINCE SPN-USA INCEPTION
INSIGHTFUL POULTRY INFORMATION, ASSESSMENT AND ADVICE
Watch poultry expert Jim Adkins share information on Rhode Island Red birds, talk about the SPN-USA National Conference, visit different backyard poultry locations and much more in these educational films.
BECOME A PART OF THE SPN–USA NETWORK
We need you to be a part of SPN-USA. Only together we can help thrive the breeds of heritage birds so that the next generations can raise and eat the birds of our grandparents. Choose a way below to start:
Personal coach who will mentor how to breed, grow and market sustainable flocks.
Become “SPN-USA Certified.” Enhance your creditability, and enjoy network advantages.
Exciting subscription packages filled with SPN-USA swag and information. Coming soon!
SPN-USA continues to thrive and grow with the financial help
of generous donors.
FULL FARM MENTORSHIP
WHAT THE FARMERS SAY...
Jim continues to give me the tools and information that I need in order to realize
my dream of providing local, sustainable, heritage poultry for the families in my community. I would encourage anyone with an interest in sustainable poultry production to join this amazing network!
—Erin Krier, Babe’s Birds, Nipomo, California
I believe SPN-USA’s determined adherence to promoting, improving, and marketing productive heritage birds that are APA Standard Bred is an invaluable and underestimated service to America’s families and farmers.
—Angela Krebs, Canyon Creek Poultry, Hamilton, MT
Jim and SPN-USA have been an invaluable resource and support for my farm business based on raising and selling Organic Heritage Breed meat chickens.
Their work and dedication pushes the greater movement of heritage
chicken production and education forward.
—Dede Boies, Root Down Farm