Although early Ohio farmers kept poultry such as chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, it was not until the mid-1800s that a growing trade in these animals began.
In 1992, nearly 5,000 Ohio farms included poultry in their livestock. More than 3,500 of these farms had 19 million egg-laying chickens. In 1995, Ohio ranked second in the nation in this business. Ohio also ranked second in the nation in egg production (approximately 6 billion eggs, valued at $252,973,000).
The leading counties are (1992 figures):