How to improve the livelihood of kienyeji poultry farmers in Kenya - FARMERCIST 254

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Monday, 12 February 2018

How to improve the livelihood of kienyeji poultry farmers in Kenya



The harsh economic times and the incessant increase in the cost of poultry feeds have seen many farmers drop their dreams of venturing in to this lucrative business, even before reaching the slumberland. Many farmers have even taken a bold step of purchasing improved kienyeji chicks, only to incur massive losses after a poor performance from their birds due to their inabilty to provide sufficient commercial feeds.

The good news to farmers is that they can still have fast-growing birds even without going for improved chicks. The secret is in securing an improved cock then crossbreed with your indigenous breeds. This assures one of hardy chicks that can survive under tough conditions just like the kienyeji chicks. Such chicks can always feed on home made feeds and still perform very well. However, it is advisable to supplement their feeds with a little commercial feeds for even faster growth...but this does not mean that the chicks cannot survive without commercial feeds.

After only 3 months the chicks will be ready for table and after a month later they can always be laying. They perform so well even when kept on free range and are always as tasty as kienyeji chicken.

The best breeds for cocks in East Africa are Rainbowrooster, Kuroiler, Kenbro and KARI kienyeji. Kuchi is also a good breed but not always readily available for most farmers.

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