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High Performing Chicken Breeds in Kenya with Photos

One of the biggest challenges that many farmers in Kenya planning to venture in kienyeji chicken farming or poultry farming in general face is figuring out what chicken breeds to rear. Some farmers buy new chicken breeds without first learning about their qualities and this can result in losses and disappointments. Before picking any chicken breed, you need to learn about its many qualities. Learn the basic information about the bird. The most important information that you need to learn about any breed that you choose include the following:-

  • Age of Maturity
  • Peak Production
  • Age at peak production
  • Body weight at maturity
  • Quality of eggs
  • Quality of meat
  • Is it layer, broiler or dual purpose?
  • Color of eggs
  • Disease resistance and adaptability
  • Feeding and nutrition: are they low input or high input birds?
  • Vaccination

Every farmer has an objective. Before you rush into poultry farming you must clearly figure out your farming objectives and then choose a poultry breed that aligns well with those objectives. For example, you do not just go into poultry farming to make money. That is too vague. You can go into poultry farming to be the largest supplier of kienyeji eggs, a large supplier of poultry meat, a distributor of Kuroiler chicks etc. Specialization is very important and will help you realize success in your ventures.

Here is an overview of some of the best chicken breeds in Kenya right now that every farmer should think of keeping. Some of these are improved local Kienyeji chicken breeds such as the KARI Improved Kienyeji chicken and some are imported hybrid breeds from India which do well in local conditions but produce more eggs and meat and mature faster.

The KARI Improved Kienyeji Chicken

This is by far the most popular of the chicken breeds in Kenya and it has some admirable characteristics. The KARI Improved Kienyeji Chicken produces more meat as well as more eggs than the local indigenous poultry breeds. It is also a highly adaptable bird and will do well even in areas with harsh climatic conditions such as the arid and the semi-arid areas in Kenya.

KARI Improved kienyeji chicken can be reared in both free range as well as the semi-free range systems. These are typically called the semi-intensive systems. It is a good breed for those farmers who want to rear their chicken in a completely free range or organic way without commercial feeding or hormones.

With proper management, the KARI Improved Kienyeji chicken is also a great breed for eggs. Farmers can look forward to anywhere between 220 to 280 eggs per year. Within five months, the KARI hen will have attained 1.5Kgs while a cock will weigh 2Kgs within the same duration of time if it is fed well.  The KARI improved kienyeji chicken farming has a quiet temperament as well as great feathering. Compared to other breeds in the market, it will adapt very fast to the conditions in which it is kept.

Kenbro Chicken

The kenbro breed of chicken is a dual-purpose that can be kept for both meat and eggs. The breed has been in the Kenyan market for quite some time and was introduced over 10 years ago by Kenchic in order to cater for those farmers looking for more productive chickens that are less intensive.

This breed is more disease-resistant and can easily survive when reared in free-range conditions.  With good feeding and management, it will mature very fast and start laying eggs at the age of 5 months. With good feeding and management, the kenbro chicken can easily attain up to 4Kg. It is advisable to buy from Kenchic which has the parent stock for these birds. The bird is a heavy feeder and this is one of the reasons it is able to put on weight very fast.

Kuroiler

This is one of the best breeds in Kenya if not the best. It is a dual purpose bird that is very low input. It perform perfectly well in free range and semi free range or the semi-intensive conditions. With Kuroiler, you do not have to buy the commercial mash. It can survive just ok while scavenging and feeding on the food leftovers in the house. However, to avoid losses, it is advisable to fence a chicken run where they can graze on the pasture and if you have a large stock, you can also supplement their feed with omena, grains, termites and commercial feeds.

The Kuroiler chicken was introduced from the Keggs Farms in India in 2009. The Kuroiler hens are heavy feeders. They need to feed continuously in order to reach their optimal production.  Within four months, your Kuroiler should be weighing 3Kg and within six months, they will be weighing up to 4kh after six months.

Farmers rearing the Kuroiler birds have testified that it has a tastier meat compared to that of the indigenous chickens. The meat has less fat, soft and also tender.  The eggs of the Kuroiler chickens are bigger than those of the indigenous birds and they have deep yellow yolk that many farmers love.  The Kuroiler hen, when well fed, will lay anywhere from 140-150 eggs per year. When crossed with the indigenous chickens, the quality will begin to go down so it is always advisable to buy chicks from the parent stock. Farmers should follow the same vaccination schedule as that of other chickens although the Kuroilers tend to be disease resistant. They also grow very fast during the first six weeks of brooding so farmers will not have to grapple with the brooding-related losses.

The Kuroilers do not sit on their eggs and this is intentional. They have been developed this way in order to maximize their eggs produce. Farmers who want to produce the Kuroiler chicks must invest in an incubator. Farmers without incubators can always order chicks from the parent stock from the leading suppliers of Kuroiler chickens in Kenya.

Rainbow Rooster

This is the other hybrid super-bird. It is a dual-purpose poultry breed in Kenya which can be reared for both meat and eggs. The Rainbow Rooster is a multi-colored bird(from which it derives its name) and a low input bird which can be reared perfectly in semi-free range conditions. The Rainbow Rooster is a heavy feeder and can put on weight relatively first. When well fed, it can put on anywhere between 3kg to 4kg within a duration of six months. Under good management, it will lay anywhere between 180-200 eggs. Like the Kuroiler, it will not sit on its eggs and you will have to invest in an incubator or buy chicks from leading Rainbow Rooster such as Kukuchic which has the parent stock of the bird.

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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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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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