Category Archives: Kienyeji Chicken Housing Guide

The Importance of Perches and Chicken Runs

Perches are important for chicken to roost on at night and during daytime. It also reduces boredom which can lead to antisocial behavior like pecking and fighting. Diseases and parasites may attack poultry when left to rest on the floor (in contact with the litter). Each one-meter perch may roost five adult birds.

The perches are best made from rounded sticks which are not too big or too small. They should be treated with used engine oil kerosene to keep away parasites. Perches should match sire of the birds’ feet. On our blog, you will find a detailed article on the importance of perches in the kienyeji chicken farming and management and how to build them.

Here are two examples on how you can construct your perches inside the kienyeji chicken house:

Kienyeji Chicken Perches
Kienyeji Chicken Perches
Chicken on Perches
Chicken on Perches

Chicken Runs

Chicken runs are a fenced open air space of 25 square metres or more where poultry are kept are protected against predators and thieves. Runs are also used for feeding, watering, for daily flock observation and collection of eggs. The walls are 2 meters high and can be made of clay or woven mat or chicken wire. A chicken run is relatively costly for small scale farmer but provides security to the poultry. Allow adult birds to scavenge outside the run during daytime to reduce feeding costs.

Kienyeji Chicken Run
Kienyeji Chicken Run

Allowing your kienyeji birds to run in the chicken runs and feed on the pasture, termites, vegetables and other naturally occurring food diversifies their diet and contributes to very good quality meat and eggs. You can get yellower yolks instead of the pale yolks. Some farmers buy improved kienyeji birds but still keep them in confined spaces which defeats the purpose of going kienyeji. If you are planning to rear kienyeji birds, then you have to create kienyeji conditions where they can freely graze while also supplementing their diets with commercial feeding.

For more on these, check out our KIENYEJI FARMING MANUALS


Choosing Proper Location for the Kienyeji Chicken House

When it comes to setting up your Kienyeji chicken house, one of the most important considerations is the location where you will build it. Choose a suitable hard soil with good drainage and ensure the space will accommodate the number of birds that you plan to keep. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when looking for a good location for setting up your kienyeji chicken structures:-

  • The best place for kienyeji farming is in the rural areas. There is adequate land and the air is healthy which is conducive for kienyeji rearing as compared to urban areas. Setting up in the rural areas is also important if you want to go fully free range with your chicken farming and want them to graze on the pasture and get exposed to the sunshine so that you can have better meat and egg quality. With free range farming, you will need to allocate more land where the hens can forage.
  • The place that you choose should be quiet and free from noise and chaos.
  • Unless you are getting a long lease, it is generally not advisable to set up your kienyeji farm on rented land. This is especially so if you are putting up large costly structures on the land and being forced to leave the land mid-way may result in some losses. It is always best if you own the land on which you are planning to set up the kienyeji chicken rearing business.
  • The location that you choose must have a good supply of clean and fresh water.
  • Take precautions to get rid of predators-both human and animal-by investing in good quality fencing.
  • It is good to have a good access transportation
  • Support services: Ensure you have access to support services for the treatment of the birds, vaccination as well as advice on brooding, feeding and management amongst others.
  • Presence of a suitable market: Where will you sell your produce once it is ready? The presence of a suitable market is also one of the key factors when it comes to poultry production.

Kienyeji Chicken House Tips

As we have repeatedly emphasized, a good kienyeji chicken structure is very key to successful commercial farming. If you have land in the rural areas, this should be a very easy and also low cost step as constructing these do not cost too much. There is a great array of materials that you can use in order to build the kienyeji chicken house based on your budget and even preferences.

There are important factors that you need to consider when it comes to building the kienyeji chicken structure. First, the house should be in a good location. You must also get the dimensions and the specifications right when you constructing the house. It must the right size that will accommodate the right density of the chicken. We have indicated information on the right density for your kienyeji chicken house in Kienyeji Housing Manual. When it comes to the spaces, the poultry house should be spacious enough to accommodate the birds, the equipment such as drinkers and feeders as well as the installation such as the perches.

If you are going to rear your kienyeji chicken in the free range system or the improved kienyeji rearing system, you will also need to leave some outside space that will serve as the chicken run. This is where the birds can graze and eat some of the pasture which is good for the quality of the meat. Here are some of the general tips that you should consider when you are building the poultry structure for your kienyeji hens:-

  • Good ventilation is must when you are building the Kienyeji Chicken House. In our Kienyeji Housing Manual, we have indicated the amount of space that you should leave behind when constructing the house. Good ventilation of the house will ensure not just good health of the birds but also proper growth and this too contributes to better meat and egg quality.
  • There are design specifications that you should adopt which will ensure the proper flow of air inside the kienyeji structure without getting too draughty. The interior of the house should also have good lighting.
  • Try as much as possible to position the house in the East-West direction but ensure the ends are sealed. This allows free flow of air into the house without it getting too draughty.
  • If you are doing an extensive commercial kienyeji chicken farming and are building several houses in rows, try to leave a distance of at least 40feet between the two houses.
  • Good housing maintenance is very important. Ensure that the kienyeji chicken structure is always kept very clean and fresh at all times. Before you bring the first batch of chicks into the house, always ensure that it is cleaned at least two weeks in advance and disinfected.
  • Build the house in a sealed way to ward off all the harmful animals as well as predators burrowing in and gaining access to the house.
  • Build proper drainage so that rainwater does not get inside the house.
  • All the poultry equipment should be kept at a good distance inside the house. They should be well spaced so that the hens are not overcrowded while they are feeding.
  • The house and equipment for your poultry should be cleaned on a regular basis.

Kienyeji Chicken Manual

Kienyeji Chicken Manual

We are one of the most trusted Kienyeji consultants in Kenya when it comes to Kienyeji farming. We disseminate useful and practical information and advice which help many of our farmers to capitalize on the best techniques in order to maximize their yields and make a lot of money with their Kienyeji breeds.

As part of our information pack that we give to farmers, we have three main manuals that farmers or prospective can purchase in order to absorb the right knowledge and techniques that will help them make maximum profits when it comes to Kienyeji farming. These have been designed by our agronomists and Kienyeji experts for use as self-starter guides for successful Kienyeji farming. These manuals include the following:-

The Comprehensive Kienyeji Chicken Farming Manual

This Kienyeji rearing guide is the best guide in the country for those looking for information on how to successfully rear their kienyeji breeds. It contains all the information that you will need if you are just joining the industry including the kienyeji rearing systems, how to choose the best chicken breeds, how to build a kienyeji housing structure, the feeds and feeding guide for your kienyeji chicken, health as well as the disease management in your Kienyeji chicken, the Kienyeji chicken vaccines as well as the vaccination guide, the kienyeji chicken brooding as well the placement of the chicks during brooding, how to market your kienyeji chicken products, record keeping tips in kienyeji rearing system and kienyeji chicken processing. This is a Comprehensive Kienyeji Chicken Rearing PDF guide that will give you a lot of valuable information that you need in order to be successful in Kienyeji rearing.

The manual is available for Ksh.500 and you can order it

The Kienyeji Feeds Formulation Manual

In early March, we received a phone call from a farmer who had purchased a commercial mash for her kienyeji and after a few weeks of feeding, the legs of the chicken started breaking. This is one of the main issues that many farmers face in the commercial kienyeji chicken rearing business guide. The best quality kienyeji chicken feeds costs a lot of money and the cheaper feeds are likely not well formulated and you are likely to face various complications if you purchase from an unscrupulous trader.

The Kienyeji Feeds Formulation Manual is designed to help you escape these complications and formulate high quality feeds at low cost that will contribute to the health of your birds.  In this manual, you will find general information on the poultry feeds that you should give to your kienyeji birds.  Learn about the nutrients that these feeds should constitute, the energy requirements, the proteins, vitamins, the feeding programs for the broilers, the feeding programs for the laying hens, feeding programs for the replacement pullets, chick mash, growers mash, layers mash, the feeding regime for the different ages for your chickens,  as well as how to formulate the feeds for the various kienyeji chickens including the chick mash, growers and layers mash.

The manual is available for Ksh.500 and you can order it here

The Kienyeji Housing Manual

How do you build a Kienyeji house for your flock? Order your manual here  for Ksh.250 and learn the process of building a kienyeji chicken structure along with the kinds of materials, spacing and costing for the housing.