Animal Science Department

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Facilities & Centers: Poultry Center

Photograph of the Poultry Center and eggs

About the Poultry Center

The Cal Poly Poultry Center has housing facilities for 6,000 broilers and 5,000 replacement pullets. In addition, the Poultry Center has one egg production facility — a cage-free house capable of holding up to 2,000 laying hens. The house is an exact replica of the facilities currently used by the commercial egg production industry – giving students hands-on experience similar to what they will experience after graduation.

The Poultry Center also contains two research houses. The broiler research house can hold up to 2,200 birds. This research building has the capacity for various contract research projects and in the past has been used for research in nutritional immunology. The layer research house can accommodate up to 360 birds.

A battery room with 96 individual brooding pens is also available and used for short-term trials.

Currently, the Cal Poly poultry program is researching the production performance of different breeds of broilers for Pitman Farms.

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