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Indigenous chicken production has been an important part of the African and Kenyan rural economy for many years. The method most commonly used in the indigenous chicken production in these settings is that of free range or the small enclosures that are used in the small scale system of production.

But this is an essentially unproductive and unprofitable way of rearing birds and the farmers eventually earn very little income from the production. The semi-free range system of production can only support so many birds. Generally, this is not more than 20 birds.

With improved kienyeji chicken production techniques, it is possible for this rural and semi-urban based chicken production to support as many as 800 birds using improved techniques that will be outlined in this manual. Through this manual, we will be offering small scale farmers simple tips on how to maximize on their chicken production in the rural economy without massive capital-intensive investments in the production process.

That means the birds are no longer just kept for visitors, religious occasions or celebrations but as an integral part of the rural economy so that it the farming can be profitable and increase the incomes of the families. Kienyeji farming is not just a rural phenomenon. Urban families with some space in their backyards can also engage in profitable kienyeji farming.

Through good research, good breed selection, a biosecure production environment and better brood and disease management, it is possible to realize considerable profits from the kienyeji chicken farming that is based on improved breeds.

Simple changes in management of indigenous chickens can significantly improve production and the living conditions of many rural families in terms of enhanced nutrition and income generation through the sale of surplus chickens or eggs. Improved indigenous chicken production is therefore a low-cost and important aspect of enhancing food and nutritional security.

Click here to order theĀ Kienyeji Chicken Farming Manual.