flock of chickens in front of brick house

Backyard Chickens (Staff)

Time limit: 30 days


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Public course is available on the OSU Extension Catalog.

Intended Audience

This course is for OSU Extension staff professional development.  Others should enroll at https://osuextension.catalog.instructure.com/  

Time Requirements

  • 3 hours total.
  • The course is divided into 6 modules that 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. 




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