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What Chicken Breeds in Kenya Should You Rear for Profit

When you are planning to venture into poultry farming in Kenya, it is important to know the right kinds of chicken breeds to purchase. Don’t just rush into the latest fads only to fail later and lose your money. It is important to obtain thorough information about every chicken breed that you plan to keep. Know their qualities including the age at which they begin laying, their peak production, and when they begin losing the productive capacity and are now ready for sale.

One thing that we Kenyans should have learnt from the quail scam is that you need to carry out good research about the product that you are planning to invest in. You need to analyze the risks and true market potential. Do not be driven just by the profit motive when it comes to poultry investments. After all, this is something that you plan to invest in over the long term.

When it comes to the poultry breeds in Kenya, there are plenty of great producing birds that you can pick and which will guarantee you a profit without too much cost.

The KARI Improved Kienyeji Chicken

This is by far the most popular chicken breed in Kenya with many farmers. If you are planning to go Kienyeji, then the KARI improved kienyeji chicken should be first on your priority list. Compared to the local indigenous chicken, they produce more eggs and meat. They are very adaptable to various climactic conditions and can do well in the harshest of conditions including the semi-arid regions in Kenya such as Northern Kenya and even coastal Kenya.

If you want to focus on organic production, you can easily rear the KARI improved kienyeji chicken in the free-range or semi-free range poultry farming systems. In one year, the KARI improved kienyeji chicken will lay between 220 and 280 eggs. Within 5 months, they will be able to attain a weight of 1.5kg. The best place to order the KARI improved kienyeji chicken is from KARI but due to the long queue at the facility, you will have to wait for at least 3 weeks for delivery. Other breeders specializing in the KARI improved kienyeji chicken include Wendy Farms which is based in Kikuyu.

Kenbro

The Kenbro chicken breeds are known as dual breeds i.e. they can be used for both eggs as well as meat production. Kenbro is not really a new breed as it has been in the country for the past decade since its introduction by Kenchic. Kenbro is suited for farmers who prefer a less intensive mode of rearing chickens. The breed is generally more disease-resistant and will easily survive on free range. With proper feeding, it will mature relatively fast and start laying eggs when they are 5 months old.

With proper feeding, the chicken can attain weights of up to 4Kgs! More than 20,000 per week of these are produced by Kenchic but there are other farmers who also breed the Kenbro chickens. It is, however, best to buy only from the company since it is them who have the parent stock with which they can produce very high quality birds. Kenbro is generally a very heavy feed so you must prepared to spend heavily on feeding.

Kuroiler

Kuroiler hens are dual-purpose birds. It was first introduced into Uganda from India in 2009. Just like the Kenbro breeds, they can easily adapt to harsh conditions and survive in free range but they generally need to feed on a continuous basis. By the time they are 4 months, the Kuroiler chickens will be able to weigh as much as 3kg. They can hit 4kg by the time they are 6 months.

According to many farmers, the Kuroiler breeds have tastier meat than the indigenous chickens and the meat from the hens is also soft and very tender. They produce larger eggs than the indigenous chickens and they are able to lay between 140 to 150 eggs per year. When crossed with the indigenous chicken, the quality will go down so it is important to keep them pure.

The Kuroilers are generally scavengers although they can also live on the household leftovers. Although they are fairly resistant to all the diseases, it is important to vaccinate them just like you do to the other chickens. The kuroilers generally, cannot sit on their eggs to hatch them so they are just suitable for farmers who have incubators or broody hens.

Rainbow Rooster

This is also a dual-purpose breed that you can rear for both meat and eggs. They are multi-colored birds, hence the name and they are also low input birds and can easily survive on the free-range system. Rainbow Roosters are heavy feeders and will put on weight very fast. They cannot sit on their eggs so you will need an incubator or broody hen to hatch.

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Professional Training Services on Kienyeji Chicken Farming

Looking for professional training services on Kienyeji chicken farming and management in any corner of Kenya? We do capacity building in poultry and commercialization of poultry production to self-help groups, CBOs, NGOs and other organizations working with smallholder farmers as beneficiaries in economic empowerment.

The training encompasses the following 3 phases”

Poultry Production and Commercialization of chicken production

Phase 1 of Training on Kienyeji Chicken Farming

1. Role of Indigenous Chicken in Household Economy (Gender roles, food security, income generation)

2. Production systems and profitability (Organized chicken production)

3. Disease control and bio-security

4. Chick Management (DoC-8 weeks)

5. Flock Management ( keeping the flock healthy and productive, flock sizes, general biosecurity, laying, brooding and hatching)

6. Chicken housing ( types of housing, construction of chicken house, roost and perches, maintaining a chicken house, provision of nest and protection from predators and theft)

7. Feeds and Feeding

Phase II of Training on Kienyeji Chicken Farming

8. Breeding Management (Chicken selection and mating, breed selection, characteristics of a good layer/meat bird, cross breeding)

9. Record Keeping and profitability

Phase III of Training on Kienyeji Chicken Farming

10. Marketing and value additions

11. Financial Literacy Training

12. Other diseases and vices

Contact us for further engagement.

For additional information on this training program, call 0711417887 or email improvedkienyeji@gmail.com

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What are Kenbro Chicken?

The many chicken terms and names used in the chicken industry can sometimes be confusing to a beginner or one intending to start a chicken or poultry farming.  A lot of people are wondering what Kenbro chicken are.  Kenbro is also a cross breed by a French company through Kenchic between the local or kienyeji chicken and the exotic chicken.  Kenbro breeds are easier to keep and quite affordable to maintain.

There are great benefits that come with the breed and many farmers are now opting to go for the cheaper and easier to maintain breed.  This is a breed of chicken that can virtually survive anywhere around the country. Some of the noted benefits that the Kenbro come with are that they lay more eggs compared to the local kienyeji chicken and make better delicacies because they are meatier.  Commercial farmers according to available research have also noted that this particular breed gives them more financial earning power.

The birds once ready are in high demand by both the local and commercial entities.  The meat and eggs sell at a higher price compared to their local kienyeji counterparts.   This is a fact most chicken farmers have realised and most of those who earlier raised kienyeji chicken have now moved to the Kenbro breeds.

Kenbro Chicken advantages or benefits?

As a chicken farmer, you always desire to have healthy disease free chicken.  This can be made possible by proper planning and proper care.  Most chicken owners rarely bother on how their chicken live or survive.  This is wrong and should be discouraged by all chances.  Some of the reasons why Kenbro farmers are smiling to the bank include:-

  • They mature faster and weigh more in kilos
  • Feed less than their indigenous counterparts.  They do not require special food and can be fed on farm produce with much ease
  • Research has found that they survive on any kind of commercial feed
  • Are disease resistant and do not have to be vaccinated as often as their other counterparts
  • The breed are known to be hardy and can survive in any condition as long as they are properly fed and provided for
  • Their water should be treated for purposes of keeping diseases at bay.
  • They are low cost to maintain with a higher financial value and are by nature very resilient
  • The meat and the eggs are healthier and bigger than those of their local counterparts.  They are also nutritious because of proper feeding by the farmers.
  • The Kenbro hens are known for their laying of eggs.   Once they start laying eggs they do on a daily basis.

The kenbro breed or chicken come in one unique color reddish and brownish to be exact.  They are easier to pick from other group of chicken because of their color and unique size.  The chicken has also some weakness that farmers or prospective farmers need to know.  Unlike its counterparts, it is an egg laying bird and does not brood.  That is why most of their eggs are incubator hatched.   This, in essence, is a chicken with a high financial return compared to its counterparts when it comes to eggs and meat.

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What are Kenbro Chicken?

The many chicken terms and names used in the chicken industry can sometimes be confusing to a beginner or one intending to start a chicken or poultry farming.  A lot of people are wondering what Kenbro chicken are.  Kenbro is also a cross breed by a French company through Kenchic between the local or kienyeji chicken and the exotic chicken.  Kenbro breeds are easier to keep and quite affordable to maintain.

There are great benefits that come with the breed and many farmers are now opting to go for the cheaper and easier to maintain breed.  This is a breed of chicken that can virtually survive anywhere around the country. Some of the noted benefits that the Kenbro come with are that they lay more eggs compared to the local kienyeji chicken and make better delicacies because they are meatier.  Commercial farmers according to available research have also noted that this particular breed gives them more financial earning power.

The birds once ready are in high demand by both the local and commercial entities.  The meat and eggs sell at a higher price compared to their local kienyeji counterparts.   This is a fact most chicken farmers have realised and most of those who earlier raised kienyeji chicken have now moved to the Kenbro breeds.

Kenbro Chicken advantages or benefits?

As a chicken farmer, you always desire to have healthy disease free chicken.  This can be made possible by proper planning and proper care.  Most chicken owners rarely bother on how their chicken live or survive.  This is wrong and should be discouraged by all chances.  Some of the reasons why Kenbro farmers are smiling to the bank include:-

  • They mature faster and weigh more in kilos
  • Feed less than their indigenous counterparts.  They do not require special food and can be fed on farm produce with much ease
  • Research has found that they survive on any kind of commercial feed
  • Are disease resistant and do not have to be vaccinated as often as their other counterparts
  • The breed are known to be hardy and can survive in any condition as long as they are properly fed and provided for
  • Their water should be treated for purposes of keeping diseases at bay.
  • They are low cost to maintain with a higher financial value and are by nature very resilient
  • The meat and the eggs are healthier and bigger than those of their local counterparts.  They are also nutritious because of proper feeding by the farmers.
  • The Kenbro hens are known for their laying of eggs.   Once they start laying eggs they do on a daily basis.

The kenbro breed or chicken come in one unique color reddish and brownish to be exact.  They are easier to pick from other group of chicken because of their color and unique size.  The chicken has also some weakness that farmers or prospective farmers need to know.  Unlike its counterparts, it is an egg laying bird and does not brood.  That is why most of their eggs are incubator hatched.   This, in essence, is a chicken with a high financial return compared to its counterparts when it comes to eggs and meat.

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Kenbro Chicken Rearing Guide

The increase of chicken farming in Kenya is a great step to many farmers who are looking to increase their financial income.  Over the years most of these farmers have struggled to survive by keeping kienyeji chicken which interestingly has not been able to produce yields.  Kenbro breed has been noted for its better results and higher financial gain.   The entry of this breed into the market has come with better options and advantages to the poultry farmers in Kenya as a whole.   Because of health reasons many people now prefer chicken than red meat and this has contributed to the rise in demand.

Kenbro Chicken Rearing Guide details what as a farmer you need to put in place before bringing your first chicks home.  A lot of farmers make the mistake of hatching Kebro chickens on their own without consulting Kenchic.  This in essence will bring poorly bred chicken in to the markets that are smaller and less meaty.  The guide will give you a detail by detail process on how to hatch your chicks in case you need to do it at home.  Remember that the Kebro bred should not be cross bred again with other breeds.

This is where the biggest problem is and Kenchic has been forced to give farmers a proper and more detailed Kenbro Chicken Rearing Guide.  A study over the last few years or so since the breed was introduced into the market has shown that the breed keeps on changing.  A guide will provide you with information on the right diet to give your chicken and how large your shade should be for a given number of chickens.  It describes proper food portions and how it should be handled before being given to the chicken.  This is to avoid over feeding or under feeding your poultry.

Some of the things that are included in the guide with a Kenbro farmer must put in place include:-

  • Weighing scale to keep tag of growth. Without this it would be virtually impossible to know whether you are making progress or not.
  • Provide a place where all those entering the structure disinfect their feet. This is to avoid the conflict of human chicken diseases.  Some of these diseases become difficult to treat
  • Proper sanitary measure to put in place
  • Provide a lot of treated drinking water guide for your birds as Kenbro chicken drink a lot of water
  • The best feeding plan to put in place and how often they should be fed
  • Proper waste management and how often the shed and laying area should be cleaned
  • Why having a vet is necessary as he/she will advice on the best vaccination time and if there is need for addition of vitamins in their feeds

Finally, a Kenbro Chicken Rearing Guide is a must have for every poultry farmer hoping to make a financial gain out of poultry farming.  Chicken farming is not as easy as most people are made to think.  A lot of details is required and a lot of information must be put in place before making your first order.  There are great financial implications included which should not be handled casually as most people do.

Kuroiler chicken too suffers from parasitic diseases and a lot of care should be taken in how they are handled to avoid such.  A farmer must keep records of the progress of his or her breed on a single day to know if they are making progress or not.  All this information is provided in the guide.  You cannot go wrong when you have a guide on how to rare your Kuroiler chicken.

 

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