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Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation

Dr. Brigid McCrea
U.S. Washington Center
Delaware State University
Cooperative Extension Programs
1200 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901

Ph: 302.857.6432
F:   302.857.6430


  The Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation

The Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation (CSFRI) a source of information for small flock producers.  We provide timely information on upcoming events of interest to small flock holders as well as special interest fact sheets.  As research related to keeping small flocks becomes available, the information will be published on this website.  

CSFRI will help small flock and niche market poultry producers by performing research on their specific production techniques, management methods, and biosecurity modifications.

As the nation's first and the only research center of its kind, CSFRI will provide unique educational and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.


Delaware State University Cooperative Extension will host Cooptastic!, a "can't miss" event for poultry enthusiasts.  The 2015 event will be held March 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. Cooptastic! offers a full day of research- based education—including important information about poultry vaccinations—exhibits and fun events for small flock owners and anyone interested in poultry.

 For more information, or for assistance due to disabilities, contact Brigid McCrea, 302.857.6424 or

Click the links below to download registration brochure:

Coopstatic Brochure

Small-Scale Egg Production in a Range Setting Field Day

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Small Flock Education Series

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Poultry Showmanship Video

Mid-Atlantic Avian Bowl Challenge

New Study Sections

Poultry Judging (entire section) pgs. 11-16

Understanding Food Poisoners (entire section) pgs. 19-20

Raising Waterfowl (entire section) pgs. 23-33

Breeds, Varieties, and Strains (Introduction, Bantam,American, and Asiatic) pgs. 69-73

Eggcyclopedia (Easter Egg through Organic) pgs. 121-132

General Care of Pet Birds pgs. 165-166

Fact Sheets:
The Commercial Poultry Industry pgs. 175-176
Biosecurity pgs 179-180
Embryology (Daily embryonic development through Candling) pgs. 191-192

 Breed Variety Fact Sheets

Additional Fact Sheets




Brigid McCrea, PhD

Dr. McCrea serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and as State Poultry Specialist for Cooperative Extension at Delaware State University. She is trained as a microbiologist and received her Ph.D. in Poultry Science from Auburn University. She specializes in small flocks, niche market poultry products, and both pre– and post-harvest food safety.



March 7, 2015
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Delaware State Fairgrounds
Dr. Brigid McCrea
Ph: 302.857.6432
F:   302.857.6430



Click the link above for more information