If done correctly, poultry farming in Kenya may be a highly profitable enterprise. The existing poultry kept in Kenya is insufficient to meet Kenya's ever-increasing demand for chicken products. In a short period, the business has grown in popularity and has established itself as a legitimate source of income.
Returns on Investment
When Joseph Waswa started keeping chicken with 10,000 birds early last year, he wasn't sure if there was a market. Nonetheless, he took the risk, and his choice has rewarded.
"We have a good demand in Bungoma for the eggs, which I sell at between KES270 and KES330 each box at schools, businesses, houses, hospitals, and other institutions," he adds.
He planned to invest his first income in a house, chicks, food, medicine, and agricultural equipment.
More than 13,000 birds, predominantly layers, are reared by a poultry farmer in Webuye East constituency's Tete district. Melpa poultry farm, which is located in Webuye, Bungoma County, has both Lohmann brown as well as indigenous types of birds.
"Notwithstanding the the hurdles we experienced, starting this venture wasn't simple," he recalls, "but we were able to expand."
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According to the farmer, the primary marketplaces are Kakamega, Webuye, and Bungoma. The birds currently lay roughly a hundred eggs every day.
"Prices change once or twice a year based on market demand and supply," he explains. He creates feeds on this farm to reduce production costs. To save money, he decided to purchase his own feed churning equipment.
Mr Waswa claims he gets his feeds from Mbale, Iginga, and Tororo in Uganda's neighbouring country.
"We usually acquire our food from Uganda since it is cheaper there than in Kenya."
Maize germ, calcium grit, concentrate, broken maize, and wheat bran are among the items he needs to generate his feeds. He buys wheat bran from Thika and concentrates from Belgium, while calcium grit comes from Uganda.
While the agrovet's layers priced KES2,400 for each 50 kg bag, his feeds cost KES2,000 for the same number, sparing him KES8 per kilogram, or KES400 per bag.
Patience and Consistency
He emphasizes that if done correctly, with patience, drive, and consistency, the business may be extremely successful and satisfying.
"My long-term goals are to increase to over 100,000 birds and become the largest supplier in all of my neighbouring markets," the farmer remarks.
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Poultry farming is a significant business in Kenya. It's much better now that large restaurants and hotels have opened up. Kenyans are known to devour eggs and chicken meat, and there is never a lack of demand for poultry goods outside of restaurants and hotels.
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