The Poultry Industry

  • Carmen R. Parkhurst
  • George J. Mountney


The term poultry is used collectively to designate those species of birds that have been domesticated to reproduce and grow in captivity and that render products of economic value. Chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, some quail and pheasants, guineas, and pigeons generally meet the above criteria. They provide meat, eggs, feathers, fertilizer, animal food, and other by-products such as pharmaceuticals. They also serve as laboratory animals for scientific research. Birds kept only for companionship or beauty are not considered poultry.


European Economic Community Poultry Industry Poultry Meat Domestic Chicken Guinea Fowl 
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© Van Nostrand Reinhold 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmen R. Parkhurst
    • 1
  • George J. Mountney
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Poultry ScienceNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.United States Department of AgricultureCooperative State Research ServiceUSA

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