Old Cherry Road Extension
Clemson, SC 29631
Office: (864) 656-3064
Fax: (864) 656-0276
The purpose of the Morgan Poultry Center is to support research, teaching, and Extension
activities in an efficient and timely manner, while following the Agricultural Guidelines for
humane treatment of poultry.
The poultry farm maintains a variety of species of birds, either reared at the farm, or
purchased from commercial vendors, and those occasionally donated to the farm. The various
species are used primarily for the purpose of research which includes studies in nutrition, egg
quality, physiology, anatomy, reproductive physiology, endocrinology, environmental housing,
litter studies, integrated pest management, and other related research areas.
The farm is also used for teaching activities, extension programs, and as an area for the
public to view various species of birds. Local and regional public and private schools frequently
tour the facility. The farm houses various numbers of chickens, turkeys, and Guinea fowl. The
farm supports both teaching and research. The activities at the farm include poultry husbandry,
nutrition, physiology, and genetics.
Teaching activities take place during fall and spring semesters. As part of Poultry
Techniques (AVS 120) in the fall, students raise broilers from day one until processing. They
learn feeding, watering, and general poultry husbandry. Poultry Nutrition (AVS 375) teaches
different types of feeding practices, ingredients, feed mixing, and actual feeding of birds.
Both undergraduate and graduate students can get on-the-job training by working at the
farm. Graduate students also have opportunities to conduct research at the farm year-round.
The farm provides poultry of various species for support of research conducted by faculty
and graduate students. Such studies include nutrition, range management, and egg shell quality.
Much of this rese