A good number of Kenyans have over the years discovered and ventured into Kienyeji chicken farming. This is mainly due to their ease of management, good survivability, low cost of production and since they also fetch a very good market price. Hence, a growing number of Kenyans, especially youths are now venturing into commercial Kienyeji chicken farming. Here is a look into some of the very critical factors to keep in mind when venturing into Kienyeji chicken farming in Kenya:-
Decide the specific kind of poultry operation that you want to venture in. Having an area of focus or differentiation is a key success factor in business. When you are planning to venture into a poultry farming operation, you ought to have a clear idea on the kind of poultry farming operation that you are planning to focus on. Differentiation is always key to any business success. It allows you to focus your mind on a single goal and innovate around that goal in order to achieve success. There are various kinds of poultry operations that you can venture in the kienyeji chicken farming. These are some of the areas you can decide to focus on:
- You can decide to venture on the production of kienyeji eggs.
- Buying an incubator and hatch your own eggs. Which you can later decide to raise the chicks or sell to farmers.
- Purchase one-day-old chicks and later selling them at an age of six weeks to other farmers.
- Selling fertilized kienyeji chicken eggs. In this case, you need a good number of egg-laying chicken and a cock should be available to them at all times.
Pick a favourable niche where you would want to focus on and direct your investments and energy on that. You can’t be all over the place when it comes to agribusiness. Choose your unique niche and grow with it so as to realize returns.
Choose the particular breed of poultry that you would wish to raise. We normally use the term “kienyeji” to refer to a whole host of chicken breeds including hybrid varieties that can do well in “kienyeji” conditions. There are various types of hybrid chicken breeds that aren’t too demanding and can do so well in tough lifestyle conditions with minimal supervision and management. These breeds also grow fast and are relatively excellent layers. Every breed has a specific characteristic that can suit your farm aims at the end of the day. The following are some of the breeds:
- KARI improved kienyeji chicken
- The traditional kienyeji chicken
- Indbro chicken
- Rainbow rooster chicken
- Kuroiler chicken
Check on the strengths and weaknesses of every breed of chicken. Then soberly choose the one that will help you achieve your farm dreams.
Location of your farm. The location of your poultry farm is also an important consideration. It ought to be in a slightly isolated location with good accessibility. Never situate your poultry farm too close to the residential areas since hens can be very destructive at times and may leave you at loggerheads with your neighbours. Do not situate the farm close to other poultry farms, this is for biosecurity reasons.
Proper farm facilities. If in any case, you are going to run a modern poultry farming operation, then you will have to invest in certain modern poultry farming equipment and machinery. These can include battery cage farming systems, poultry pan feeding systems, automatic watering systems, and poultry feed milling, poultry formulation systems, manure management systems and many others. If your kienyeji chicken farming venture will be highly intensive, these are options that you will seriously need to consider.
Proper maintenance of poultry health. Chicken have to be vaccinated at the appropriate moment and given antibiotics sparingly in order to reduce their mortality rate, loss of productivity and low yields due to high disease burden. You must therefore immensely consider the cost of medicine or the cost vaccination into your operating costs. Check out our Kienyeji vaccination schedule and follow it with a ruthless focus to ensure your chickens remain in optimal health.
Last but not least, proper feeding of poultry. Poultry feeding accounts for more than 67% of the total cost of poultry production. In a kienyeji chicken farming operation where the commercial feeds are supplemented with traditional free ranging in search of food and other food leftovers from our meals at home. This helps to reduce the cost of feeding the chicken a bit. But still, you have to factor in the high cost of feeding your poultry otherwise you are going to run of funds and go bankrupt. Chickens eat a lot! For large operations, you may have to opt for poultry feed formulation and start formulating your own chicken feeds.
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