Poultry farming is among the common businesses carried out in Kenya. It involves rearing different birds for meat, eggs, or other purposes. In Kenya, farmers predominantly prefer rearing chickens either for meat or eggs. In other farms, keeping ducks, turkeys, doves, and quails is involved.
Many prefer keeping chickens because their value is far-fetched. One can get a lot of income through the selling of eggs, which goes at a price of at most between Ksh 15-20 each. Farmers may also get revenue through the sale of manure and chicken meat.
The chicken manure goes for 17000 per canter or even more. The meat is sold per kilo where a quarter of it, you can get it at between Ksh 125-200. However, some farmers prefer selling whole chickens. In Kenya, the value of one mature chicken is between Ksh 800-1500. A manure cock is invariably not negotiable. It’s the price is always fixed to either Ksh 1200 or 1500.
There are different types of chickens Kenyans mostly keep. The broilers, the layers, and the Kienyeji. In this article, we shall dwell on the Kienyeji since they are easily affordable, easy to maintain, and keep unlike the layers and the broilers which require high maintenance costs, drugs, and spesocial feeds.
Broilers are those chickens reared purposely for meat only. Layers are reared for meat and eggs. Kienyeji however, are mostly preferred because they are highly docile to changes of weather and not susceptible to diseases. Its cost iI perpetually higher and the cost of one egg from Kienyeji chicken ranges between Ksh 20-30 in different parts of Kenya. Despite having the Kienyeji chicken, we have the trailers. These are gotten when the Kienyeji eggs are incubated to be hatched. The characteristics of these chickens are that they have a higher growth rate. Highly susceptible to diseases but not as since the original Kienyeji.
Along with that, some specifications need to be considered before beginning this type of business. First, you have to consider the space of your farm in proportion to the amount of chicken you need to keep.
Secondly, the types of feeds. Different sizes of chickens feed on different types of feeds. For example, if you start with small chicks, they will feed on chick mash then shift to growers. Although you can give them one kind of feed that is mixed with several supplements, it is advisable to go step by step. The famous feeds that are also advisable to feed your Kienyeji chickens are the Kienyeji Mash.
This type of feed is mixed with different nutritious supplements such as small fish famously called omena. Omena is rich in proteins and minerals such as iron and calcium. It is also mixed with grits that are mostly for preventing the laying chicken from eating eggs. Sunflower is also mixed in the feeds to give the chickens vitamins that would prevent them from diseases. Ground maize is also mixed in this type of feeds to act as energy giving foods to your chickens.
Chickens can drink either hard and soft water. So if you are afraid that your water is salty, please don’t be. Soft and hard water is drinkable by chickens. Chickens can also feed on remains of fruits and other vegetables such as sliced spinach, cabbages and makes. chickens can grow strong, fat, and heavy by feeding on kitchen food remains and fruits watermelon melon, oranges, or even mangoes.
If you are willing to venture into the Chicken business, I’d rather advise you to start with the Kienyeji type. This type has a low maintenance cost. Easy to get and can feed on any type of food. They are furthermore expensive because they rarely consume drugs for diseases. Even if they are sick, they can take a native concoction of the aloe vera plant. A very good type of Kienyeji chicken is which is mostly referred to as Kingitai. This is a rare chicken that most preferably has no fathers around the neck. This type is highly susceptible to diseases. It rarely gets sick and is fast in hatching.
The starting capital, can be least as Ksh 500.
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