Introduction to Poultry Farming

By Dr. P. Vijayakumar   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University

The course is designed to acquaint with the status and perspective of Indian Poultry Industry and advantages of rearing poultry. Various types of poultry farms and farming systems practised in India are given specially emphasis and discussed in detail. The course also introduces about the different academic and development institutions involved in the training and extension activities in the poultry sector. The different government schemes and poultry cooperatives are also dealt in this course. The course will also throw light on the common breeds of poultry, different body systems and functions, different breeding systems involved in poultry farming and culling and judging of poultry. The course is delivered through 20 video lessons in a span of about 10 weeks. Every week, learners will have to go through the video lessons. The video lessons are supported by the self learning material. In addition, a number of web links will be provided to support the study materials and to get the updated information. Self assessment questions will be provided after each lesson. Learners have to complete the assignments after going through major sections of study material. The course on Introduction to Poultry Farming is useful to those who are working in the poultry farm or who want to build their career as an Entrepreneur as this course provides basics about the poultry farming. 

Learners enrolled: 634


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration :
Start Date : 01 Aug 2019
End Date :
Exam Date : 10 Nov 2019
Category :
  • Agricultural and Food Engineering
  • Level : Diploma

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    Introduction to Poultry Farming: Layout

    Week 1:
    Indian Poultry Industry

    Lesson 1: Indian Poultry Industry - Brief View
    Lesson 2: Indian Poultry Industry - Growing Trends

    Week 2:
    Technical Terms Used in Poultry Farming

    Lesson 3: Common Technical Terms in Poultry Production
    Lesson 4: Poultry Body System and Functions

    Week 3:
    Poultry Farming in India

    Lesson 5: Poultry Farming in India
    Lesson 6:Poultry Development Programmes in India

    Week 4:
    Types of Poultry Farms

    Lesson 7: Various Types of Poultry Farms
    Lesson 8:Rural Backyard Poultry Farming

    Week 5:
    Small Scale and Commercial Broiler Farming

    Lesson 9: Small Scale Broiler Farming for Meat
    Lesson 10:Commercial Intensive Broiler Farming for Meat Production

    Week 6:
    Small Scale and Commercial Layer Farming

    Lesson 11: Small Scale Layer Farming for Eggs
    Lesson 12:Commercial Layer Farming for Eggs

    Week 7:
    Duck and Quail Farming

    Lesson 13: Duck Farming for Eggs and Meat
    Lesson 14:Quail Farming for Eggs and Meat

    Week 8:
    Turkey and Mixed Farming

    Lesson 15: Turkey Farming for Eggs and Meat
    Lesson 16:Poultry Breeder Farms and Integrated Mixed Farming

    Week 9:
    Poultry Breeds and Breeding

    Lesson 17: Breeds, Varieties and Strains of Poultry
    Lesson 18:Systems of Poultry Breeding

    Week 10:
    Culling and Judging of Poultry

    Lesson 19: Culling of Birds for Profitable Poultry Farming
    Lesson 20:Judging of Poultry for Better Performance


    • Course OLP-001: Introduction to Poultry Farming of “Certificate in Poultry Farming” programme being offered by School of Agriculture, IGNOU.
    • Narahari, D. 1996. Commercial Broiler Production, Emkay Publishers, East Krishna Nagar, Delhi.
    • Jadhav, N.V. and Siddiqui, M.F. 2007. Handbook of Poultry Production andManagement, 2ndEdn, New Delhi.
    • Sreenivasaiah, P.V. 2006. Scientific Poultry Production - A UniqueEncyclopaedia, 3rd Edn., International Book Distributing Co., Lucknow (UP).
    • Das, S.K. 2006. Poultry Production, CBS Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi.


    Dr. P. Vijayakumar, Ph.D.
    in Livestock Production Management (LPM) is working as Assistant Professor in the School of Agriculture, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi since 2006. His areas of interest include Animal Husbandry, Dairy/Poultry farming, distance education and food safety through ODL. He is coordinating distance education programmes in the areas of Sericulture, Dairy Farming, Poultry Farming and Fish Products Technology. He has published 13 research papers and 3 book chapters in reputed national and international journals and publications. 

    Contact details:

    Office: 011-29573092

    Email: pvkumar@ignou.ac.in