The KARI improved kienyeji chickens have captured the imagination of many poultry farmers in Kenya. “Improved” means an expectation of better yield and quality than the erstwhile indigenous kienyeji chicken and this is exactly what these hybrid breeds deliver.
Farmers who raise these chickens are assured of better yields, better resistance to diseases and survivability, better feed conversion ratio and low management costs. Kienyeji chicken farming is a less intensive farming activity compared to commercial layer or broiler farming in Kenya. These characteristics have led to a fast growth in the raising of improved kienyeji chicken farming in the recent years and many savvy farmers now prioritize them over conventional chickens.
The Kienyeji chickens are also raised alongside other hybrids such as the Rainbow Rooster and Kuroiler chickens, all of which have characteristics and demands that are similar to those of the Improved Kienyeji Chickens. All of these breeds have been carefully developed over years after intensive research. They have been bred for performance and will certainly assure farmers of better returns. Not only do they put more weight, they also lay more eggs, mature faster and have very good resistance to diseases.
To help Kenyan farmers navigate the complexities of improved kienyeji chicken farming, we have prepared a comprehensive kienyeji chicken farming manual that covers all aspects involved in raising healthy and profitable kienyeji chickens. The areas that we have covered include the following:-
Choosing the best chicken breeds to raise: There are various poultry breeds that you can raise in a kienyeji environment. While the KARI improved kienyeji chicken is a top choice for the vast majority of Kenyan farmers, there are various other breeds that have similar characteristics to Kienyeji chickens such as the Kuroiler and Rainbow Rooster chickens. Map out your local market and determine the requirements before picking the poultry breed to raise. You can also look at what the neighboring farmers in your locality are raising and go along with the flow.
Kienyeji chicken housing: Our manual also covers guidelines on how to construct a good quality kienyeji chicken house that will ensure good protection for your birds. While have included kienyeji housing guidelines in our main kienyeji manual, we also have a separate a housing manual that delves into detail on how to construct good quality kienyeji chicken house.
Kienyeji feeds and feeding guide: What should you feed your kienyeji chickens and in what proportions should you provide the feeds for flocks of varying ages? We cover this information in our comprehensive kienyeji chicken farming manual.
Health and disease management in kienyeji chickens: Learn about the various poultry diseases that you are likely to grapple with and the measures that you can take to prevent them. We have also included a kienyeji vaccination guide that you should follow to keep your chickens healthy and disease-free.
Kienyeji chicken vaccines and vaccination guide: Learn about the various kienyeji chicken vaccines and the right period during which they should be administered.
Kienyeji chicken brooding and chick placement: Learn brooding management and chick placement techniques that will guarantee the maximum survival for your kienyeji chicks.
Kienyeji chicken marketing: Learn how to secure the market for your kienyeji products.
Record keeping for your kienyeji chicken: How to keep records and various poultry farming recordkeeping templates.
Kienyeji chicken processing
The kienyeji chicken farming manual is recommended for both small scale farmers as well as large scale commercial kienyeji farmers raising thousands of chickens. To order a copy of the Kienyeji chicken farming manual, visit our order page at www.kienyejichicken.com. We deliver on orders within 10 minutes. If there is a slight delay, just call or drop us an SMS at 0717444786.
Improved Kienyeji chicken farming is currently a popular niche with many Kenyan farmers wishing to venture into poultry farming. Launched less than a decade ago, the KARI improved kienyeji chickens have largely replaced the indigenous kienyeji chicken that were once a common site across rural Kenya.
Factors such as fast maturity, good egg yield and quality meat makes them a profitable choice for farmers wishing to venture into poultry farming. They are also relatively cost-effective. You don’t need an intensive system to raise your improved kienyeji chicken. The feeding requirements are relatively lower than those of factory-reared chicken. Additionally, there is a ready market for improved kienyeji chicken meat and eggs. They have traditionally been preferred by many health-conscious families. While the retail market is still dominated by broilers, there is a big and growing niche for kienyeji chicken products which makes this farming venture a largely sustainable and profitable one.
If you are planning to venture into improved kienyeji chicken farming, there are plenty of measures that you can undertake to ensure you run a successful operation. These include the following:-
Read and learn more about what improved kienyeji chicken farming entails: There are lots of resources online that you can use for this including our kienyeji chicken farming manuals which are a treasure0-trove of information. You can also visit kienyeji farms for first-hand information and practical experience on the best husbandry methods when it comes to kienyeji farming.
Have a business plan: Have a clear business plan on the business objectives you wish to achieve. It’s not mundane. A business plan can be a good guiding light that will help you realize your plans.
Work on your poultry farming strategy: The strategy should be clearly spelled out in the poultry farming business plan. What kind of poultry farming venture are you planning to invest in? Will it be kienyeji egg farming or meat production? Do you wish to be a breeder? When it comes to poultry farming ventures. It’s often best to specialize in one line of venture.
Save money: Poultry farming costs lots of money so it is important to set aside some savings that will cater for the capital expenditures and the ongoing expenditures such as the labor and feeding costs.
Have clear record keeping: Keep good records on your poultry venture. These should range from the flock size to costs, mortality, feeding and other activities on the poultry farm. Good record keeping is key to effective farming venture management.
Scale it up: Think about the scale of poultry farming that you can manage. You can start with as little as 50 chicks but scale this over time to 500 or even 1000 hens. It’s good to have a short time and long term goal. Start small but always work towards building a bigger poultry farming venture. Scaling up your poultry farming operations will make this difference between a subsistence venture and a large scale commercial operation.
Lastly, poultry farming requires a degree of patience, particularly if you are planning to go into this for the first time. You will make mistakes and there will be a crucial learning phase during which you will need to refine your skills and cut down on the losses.
Get your hands on our three Kienyeji chicken farming manuals for the price one. Our Kienyeji chicken farming manuals have helped thousands of Kenyan farmers improve their techniques and getter better yields and profits from their Kienyeji chicken farming ventures.
We have three Kienyeji chicken farming manuals that we sell to Kenyan and East African farmers in general. These include the following:-
The Comprehensive Improved Kienyeji Chicken Farming Manual
Kienyeji Feed Formulation Manual
Kienyeji Housing Manual
The Comprehensive Kienyeji Chicken Farming Manual is written by one of the top Kienyeji chicken farming experts in Kenya and covers all the topics in kienyeji farming including breed selection, brooding and brooding management, housing requirements and housing construction, poultry housing and vaccination, diseases and treatment, kienyeji feeding, kienyeji marketing and other topics relating to Kienyeji farming.
The Kienyeji Chicken Feed Formulation Manual is targeted at farmers who would want to formulate their own poultry feed from home. Includes information on ingredients used in formulating poultry feeds as well as instructions on how to formulate poultry feed rations.
Our Kienyeji housing guide is a simple guide on how to construct Kienyeji chicken housing.
You can now order three manuals for the price of one. Visit www.kienyejichicken.com or send Ksh.500 to 0717 444 786 along with your email address. Kindly note that all the manuals are PDF copies and we send them via email so don’t forget to send your email address upon ordering.
A comprehensive guide to controlling red mites in your kienyeji chickens and other poultry breeds such as Kuroiler, Rainbow Rooster, Indbro etc.
Red mites are generally a tricky issue for many poultry farmers. Unfortunately, it is an issue that you will face as a poultry farmer. The red mites are very tiny parasitic mites that will live in the chicken house during the day and suck off the chicken blood at night. They are quite common and will occur in most all types of chicken coops. The worst red mite infestations generally occur in wooden chicken coops as well as those built with local materials such as mud.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Red Mites?
The chicken become noisy and restless
There is a drop in egg production
The chickens will have pale combs or pale wattles
If you can spot them, you will notice the presence of red mites or grey mites in the chicken coops or in the chickens around the poultry house.
When inspecting your chicken coop for the presence of red mites, make sure you focus on the nesting areas, crevices on the walls, flooring, cracks as well as on the perches in the poultry house. One of the best ways of spotting the presence of red mites in the poultry house is by running a white towel beneath the chicken perches during the night after you have fed your chickens. When you do this, you will be able to spot some red steaks on your white towel. That is a sure sign of the presence of the red mites in the poultry house.
Red Mite Treatment
Red mites are some of the most resilient and most persistent chicken pests that you will have to grapple with. It will take you sometime, to fully get rid of the red mite problem in your chicken coop. However, through persistent management of the problem using the methods suggested in this article, it is possible for you to manage and eventually eliminate the red mites from your chicken coop.
In wooden chicken coops, the initial clean out will take you a few hours. Plastic coops, while not quite popular, take even less time. Here are some steps to follow to get rid of red mites from your chicken coop:
Do a thorough cleaning of the chicken coop
Mix the red mite disinfectant with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply this throughout the coop ensuring it goes through the cracks and crevices. Leave it for about 10 to 20 minutes.
Use a high pressure hose of water to hose down the chicken coops and the various structures and fixtures inside the coop. When hosing, ensure you get into every nook and cranny inside the coop. These are the areas where the mites live. After hosing, leave it for about 20 to 30 minutes to dry out. After the initial hosing, you will see more mites that have been disturbed by the hosing coming out of the woodwork. Pressure house the chicken house again to get to these red mites. Leave again for about 10 to 20 minutes and see if more red mites are coming out. You should keep on repeating this process until there are no more red mites coming out from their hiding places after every hosing
The poultry house should be left completely dry. It is prudent to do the poultry house cleaning on a sunny day since the UV rays from the sun will help the house dry a lot faster and can also kill off the bacteria.
Put the house back together and spread fresh bedding on the poultry house.
Sprinkle the poultry house with a red mite powder or any anti-mite powder that you may have purchased from your local vet. The powder should also be applied on the chicken perches inside the poultry house. The remaining re mites will have to crawl through the mite powder to reach your chickens and they will be killed in the process.
Reapply the red mite powder after few days to kill off the residual red mites in the poultry house.
Continue using the red mite powder during the hotter months as this is the period when the red mite infestation is usually most common.
The red mites are some of the biggest drains on the productivity of your kienyeji chicken farms so it is important to take measures to control them so as to reduce the stress and increase productivity in your kienyeji chicken farm.
Here are some facts about red mites in chicken:-
Don’t underestimate the scale of the red mite infestation. One single kienyeji chicken can host tens of thousands red mites during feeding time. They feed for about 2 hours.
The red mites feed mostly at night.
The red mites drain the chicken’s blood. In a single night, they can suck out up to 5% of the chicken’s blood!
After sucking the blood, they communicate through pheromones and crawl back to the crevices in the poultry house until the next feeding time.
The red mites generally hide in the walls and crevices of the poultry house. They are also found on the flooring, in the laying boxes, perches and struts. It is important to note these as these area the areas where you will need to focus your efforts when trying to control the infestation. Sometimes, the red mites can move outside the poultry house but they will always come back in full force at night to suck the chicken’s blood.
They multiply very quickly once an infestation has set in. A single red mite can lay hundreds of eggs.
They can hibernate which makes them very difficult to eradicate. They can stay in the crevices for months without feeding waiting for the next flock of chickens.
The red mites will only reproduce when they have fed on the chicken’s blood.
For successful eradication of the red mites, remove the litter after the offlaying, wash and disinfect the poultry house. In Kenya, you can use an acaricide and disinfectants. Make sure that you also wash and spray all the equipment and structures in the poultry house such as the laying nests and perches. Try and seal off the crevices on the walls which serve as their hiding places.
Red Mites can Have a Devastating Impact on Your Poultry Farm
Many farmers may not take the red mites seriously since they don’t result in mortality but the loss in productivity can be staggering. Red mite infestation will cause various production issues. You will definitely notice a certain drop in production especially with the layers. You can also see an increase in the mortality rates.
The main impact is the amount of stress that they cause to the birds resulting in poor feeding. The chickens will be noisier and more restless. With layers, this can cause up to 25% drop in egg production. There is also the drop in the quality of the eggs. You can start seeing blood spots and smears on the eggs.
The birds generally become more depressed and this will in turn lead to a reduction in the preening activity, feather cover and dust bathing. Loss of feather may result in increase feeding activity with poor feed conversion.