Your Kienyeji Chicken Slaughter Made Easy

As poultry farming in Kenya transitions into a small scale or subsistence activity into a large scale commercial farming enterprise, a lot of Kenyans are now mechanizing and modernizing their farming operations. There are better quality poultry housing, modern poultry equipment and increasingly poultry machinery. Because of the fewer numbers of poultry processing facilities in the country, many poultry farmers resort to manually slaughtering and plucking the feather off their chickens.

However, there are cheaper poultry feather plucking machines in Kenya that you can use to simplify the task and save time. The poultry feather plucking machine can pluck poultry feathers of up to five chickens in less than five minutes so if you are running a busy operation where you have to dress your chickens, then this machine would save you time and make the task a lot easier for you.

Saleslady with Chicken Slaughtering and Plucking Machine
Saleslady with Chicken Slaughtering and Plucking Machine

The poultry plucking machine is a must-have if you are managing a large kienyeji chicken farming enterprise. It’s the perfect way to improve productivity and increase your profits by rapidly processing and dressing your chickens for buyers.

The poultry feather plucking machine ensures that you are able to run a hygienic operation right from the outset. It’s not just fast but also ensures the highest standards in hygiene are observed.

Slaughtering the Birds: Best Practices

Birds should generally be fed a balanced diet and the feed should be withdrawn at least four hours before they are slaughtered. These four hour break allows the birds to fully digest the feed taken in and it will also ensure that their crops and innards will be empty during the slaughter time. The remnants of feed in these internal organs may lead to the contamination of the meat.

Also, during the slaughter, it’s advisable to catch the birds by their wings rather than their feet in order to prevent them from flapping their wings and bruising themselves during the slaughter.

On the way to the slaughter, the birds should be transported with the heads hanging downwards.

The slaughter unit of the poultry plucking machine consists of three components. There is the bleeding assembly with its four restraining cones, the scalding tank and the plucker.

Hygienic Housing and the Equipment

The chickens should be put headfirst into the cones, with four being put in at a time. The jugular veins of the birds are then severed and they are left to bleed for about five minutes. The chickens are then put in a scalding tank for about one and a half minutes where the water is heated to 58-degrees Celsius. Don’t leave the birds in the tank for longer than 1.5 minutes as they will leave them partially “cooked”.

The birds are then placed in the plucker. This is a bucket shaped device that contains protrusions and a spinning base. The machine will de-feather the chickens within 22 seconds.

Once they have been de-feathered, use the right tools and processes during the cleaning process, packaging and storing of the slaughtered chickens so as to avoid contamination.



BIDCO Launches Kienyeji Chicken Feeds

Kienyeji  farmers in Kenya will now have an easier time sourcing Kienyeji feeds for their chickens following Bidco’s launch of Kienyeji feeds late last year.

The new Kienyeji commercial feeds are expected to be substantially reduce the matur

Formulating Poultry Feeds
Poultry Feeding

ity period of the Kienyeji chickens while also helping increase production. For farmers, there is now the convenience and peace of mind of knowing where to source your chicken feeds when you need it.

The Bidco Kienyeji feeds will include the Kienyeji Chick Mash, Kienyeji Growers Mash, the Kienyeji Finisher Mash and the Kienyeji Layers Mash. They have different formulations as what is fed to the commercially raised exotic chickens. Each of these feed formulations will be aimed at the various stages of indigenous chicken development.

Bidco Land O’ Lakes has expressed confidence that the new formulations will help fill in a crucial gap in the rearing of Kienyeji chicken in Kenya. It removes the confusion Kienyeji typically face when it comes to poultry feeding. Many are usually unsure of what to feed their chickens.

The Bidco Kienyeji Feed has been developed to ensure that farmers are always buying the right feeds for their chickens for the specific life stages of the indigenous chickens.

Locally sourced raw materials

The raw materials used in the Bidco Kienyeji Feeds have been sourced locally and the ingredients are completely natural to make sure the indigenous chickens maintain the same quality and taste, eggs, meat colour and texture. The new Kienyeji feeds will cater for indigenous chickens specifically which currently make the biggest proportion of the chicken that is consumed locally.

According to the most recent census, Kenya has a chicken population of 45 million. Out of these, some 34 million or 75% are indigenous or Kienyeji chicken. In spite of the high population of the indigenous chickens, most focus is normally placed on the exotic breeds of chickens and very much little attention has been paid to the indigenous breeds at least very recently when KARI began investing heavily on research into the Kienyeji breeds.

Commercial Farming

The launch of the Bidco Kienyejio Feeds comes at a right time when Kienyeji chicken farming is currently being commercialized across the country. Kienyeji chicken farming is no longer a subsistence or hobby farming like it used to be in the past when farmers would raise no more than 10 chickens in their backyards. Commercialization now sees farmers raising Kienyeji chicken farming concerns with stocks of thousands of chickens. Such big concerns require reliable feed supplies.

The gap in the feeding provision for Kienyeji chickens is the key factor that informed Bidco to invest in the formulation of its new Kienyeji Chicken Feeds.

Bidco partnered with the US company Land O’ Lakes in 2019 in order to tap into the American company’s vast expertise, technology and innovation in animal feeds formulation.


KARI Improved Kienyeji Chicken Comprehensive Rearing Guide

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.

Kienyeji Chicken Farming Manual
Kienyeji Chicken Farming Manual

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 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

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.

Kienyeji Feeding

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.


Buy 3 Kienyeji Chicken Farming Manuals for the Price of One

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 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.