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ORDERING THE KUROILER BREED OF IMPROVED KIENYEJI CHICKEN.

The Kuroiler is a very unique variety of improved indigenous chicken developed by Indian entrepreneur Vidod Kapur that has brought a significant revolution in chicken farming in many parts of Africa particularly Kenya. The Kuroiler is best suited to be reared in many parts of Kenya and is generally accepted in the Kenyan market due to is very outstanding attributes.

  1. It is a good scavenger and can be raised well with supplemented feeding. It can grow very well under minimal management and also minimal investment in commercial feeds. They can both be raised in the backyard or raised under supplemental feeding. They are also very hardy and therefore not prone to diseases.
  1. It is desired by many customers for its meat because they look very much like the ordinary indigenous chicken and they have a very even distribution of meat all over the body, particularly the key parts, i.e. the legs and the breasts.
  1. The meat is soft and tasty making it stand out in the chicken meat market.
  1. They are very adaptable to tropical conditions and are therefore very resistant to diseases.
  2. They possess a key advantage that protects them from predators. They have the speckled white and grey feathers that afford them the camouflage they need in the environment.
  3. They are very desirable for rural households and peri-urban settings due to their adaptability to conform to every setting and are key in livelihood improvement in settings of poverty due to their relatively low raising costs for a smallholder farmer.
  4. Kuroilers lay more eggs than the ordinary indigenous chicken. They cannot sit on their eggs though. They compensate for this by laying eggs eggs almost continually once they attain maturity. Farmers can give their eggs to other local indigenous birds to hatch or placing them in hatching machines to help multiply their flock through hatching of new chicks.
  5. Kuroilers come in so many different colours. This is a big premium in the market which makes them fetch up to 10% more than the other birds.
  6. They mature faster attaining a weight of 3 to 4kg in 4 to 5 months.
  7. The Kuroiler starts laying from 5 to 6 months and gives very big eggs with a beautiful yellow York just like indigenous chicken. The eggs possess a presentable bright yellowish orange York and also have a firm albumen that visibly does not flow very easily, make it very popular and attractive to consumers.
  8. Kuroilers have a very good feed to meat conversion rate. They build meat so fast in their bodies with good feeding and drinking. Mature cocks may way between 4kg to 5kg.
  9. If the right farming conditions are taken care of, The KUROILER Chicken can afford a farmer consistent revenue streams and loyalty among his or her customers ensuring sustained profitability.

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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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The Advantages of Rearing Kuroiler Chicken in Kenya

The Kuroiler chicken were first introduced into East Africa through Uganda and then from Uganda into Kenya. It is an Indian breed that is well known for its good quality meat and the large number of eggs that it produces every year in Kienyeji conditions. These birds are scavengers, just like the ordinary kienyeji birds but the difference is that they eat almost all the time. The farmer does need to invest in costly commercial feeding for the Kuroiler chicken as they can easily fend for themselves by scavenging. Thanks to their appetite, they put on weight very fast.

It is a bird that has changed the fortunes of many families in rural areas. These families are able to produce a lot of meat and a large number if eggs without any massive investment. The birds also have a very high survival rate compared to other exotic breeds. The Kuroilers survive in the same condition just like the local kienyeji birds and the most important thing is that they have a higher rate of productivity than the local kienyeji birds.

Kuroiler chicken grow faster

Perhaps this is the biggest advantage of the Kuroiler chickens. They grow very fast. The best thing is that they grow fast without any special commercial feeding. They can put on weight very quickly in scavenging environment while feeding on leftovers of food, grass, termites and many other kinds of food.

If a farmer is able to supplement the Kuroiler feeding with some commercial feeding or even locally available feeds such as yellow maize, soya, omena and even the chicken mash, the Kurpiler can do really well.  You need to vaccinate and deworm them just like you would other kinds of chicken on a regular schedule but that’s just about the kind of management effort that you will have to put up for your Kuroiler hens.

When Do Kuroiler Start Laying Eggs?

The Kuroiler chickens begin laying eggs at five months. Once they start, they will lay continuously for a period of 2 years. They also produce very big eggs with bright dark yellow egg yolks which are much preferred by many buyers. The Kuroiler eggs also contain more nutrients thanks to their scavenging lifestyle which exposes them to more nutrients during their feeding.

Get More Eggs with Kuroiler

The Kuroiler hens produce at least 150-200 eggs per year compared to the ordinary kienyeji chickens which produce about 40 eggs per year. This is one of the reasons why the Kuroiler hens have been billed as the number one poverty eradicators. A farmer is able to increase their production four-fold without any costly investments in feeding or housing. It is important to note that unlike the local chicken, the Kuroiler hens do not brood i.e., they do not sit on their eggs. So if you want Kuroiler chicks, you will need to invest in an incubator.

Hatchability

The Kuroiler will not brood or sit on their eggs. However, when their eggs are put in the incubators or hatchery, they produce good hatchability results, meaning majority of these eggs will hatch compared to those of the local Kienyeji chicken. You can get hatchability of 80% and above.

Get More Meat with Kuroiler

The Kuroiler chickens will mature in 10 weeks compared to other ordinary birds which can take as many as months before they mature.  At maturity, the Kuroiler chickens will weigh up to 3.5Kgs which makes them better than broilers which generally weigh 2.0 to 2.5Kgs at maturity.

Kuroiler Housing and Rearing System

Kuroiler have all the advantages of the local kienyeji which means you can keep them in the same housing where you keep your kienyeji. You can rear them in a fully free range or in semi free range conditions. The Kuroiler can also be reared in small spaces in the urban centres.

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Does Kienyeji Taste Better?

Kienyeji chicken taste damn good and much better than the more exotic broiler varieties. Is that the truth or just a marketing gimmick. People who have lived in urban areas and grew up on the broilers certainly don’t have an idea on what a “true chicken” tastes like. Those of us who grew up in the countryside will certainly tell the difference in tastes between the sweet kienyeji and the more exotic varieties.

The reason for this is really quite simple. The kienyeji chicken reared in the free range system are allowed to roam FREELY on the pasture within the chicken runs and they are allowed to grow as naturally as all chickens should without any stressors such as confined spaces, accelerate feeding programs, growth hormones and other products that overly commercialized producing systems use in order to boost their chicken yields.

In the free range systems, the kienyeji chickens have constant access to a natural diet along with lots of fresh air and sunshine. The chickens grow very naturally in an organic atmosphere as the kienyeji chicken farming does not involve the use of the growth stimulants. In Kenya, there have been cases of some ignorant farmers injecting the chicks with stimulants and even ARVs in order to boost growth and get better yields in their broilers! Not all broiler farmers are this unethical but some are quite unethical. The Kienyeji way done in a natural free-range environment is the ethical way that will considerably boost the chicken production.

When you rear the kienyeji chicken in a free range system or semi-free range system with a chicken run where they can graze and scavenge for food while supplementing their feeding with other food sources, the chicken grazing on the pasture will be able to scratch the soil surface, eat some of grass and other green plants in their surroundings along with termites and tiny bugs that they find on the surface. The chicken is in its natural environment of feeding and survival.

When it comes to the free range scavenging, it is important to move the kienyeji birds to cleaner fields on a regular basis unless you have some space restrictions. It is also good for the poultry hygiene and disease management. When you spread the poultry litter around, the kienyeji chicken are not confined around small spaces where there is a concentration of litter and this reduces the probability of the disease outbreaks. Just like in the diary grazing, it is important to have a rotational system in the free range where the poultry graze and move on to new pasture every few weeks. In an urban setting, this may of course not be very practical.

The drawback of this method is that raising the poultry takes a little longer. While the industry standard for broilers is typically 6-8 weeks, the kienyeji chicken will reach the marketable weight from four months onwards but the upside is that you will attain better prices for your kienyeji chicken. Also, it is the longer growing period of the chicken which  will produce the tasty meat from the LARGE fully grown kienyeji chicken.

Kienyeji Chicken in Free Range or Semi-Free Range Have More Muscle

The chickens are allowed to mature at a very natural pace but in the end, the chicken are able to DEVELOP MORE MUSCLES when they are running around in the chicken run over a period of 4-6 months. With more muscle in the Kienyeji chicken, they will not shrink down when the fat melts during the cooking process. More muscle means more meat in the chicken and LESS FAT.  When you cook the Kienyeji Chicken that has been grown in perfect organic conditions, you are going to see a REAL difference in the dish.

The chicken will be cooked and you still get mostly the same chicken that you put in the sufuria. The chicken does not shrink into nothing as a result of the melting fat in the frying pot. If you are serving many guests, you will not worry about buying too many chickens in order to satisfy everyone. You can accurately estimate the number of chicken that you will need and you do not have to worry about the surprises of your chicken shrinking.

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Advantages of Kuroiler

The kuroiler breed is one of the breed that has definitely brought smiles to most poultry farmers.  After struggling for years with the indigenous breed they now have a breed they can look forward to that is easier to rear and come with great financial gain.  The chickens are kept for financial gain by many families as well as a source of food supply.  It is virtually impossible to find a home without a single kienyeji chicken which is normally kept for food supply.  What really are the advantages of Kuroiler chicken?

  • They are easier to manage and come with a lower financial outlay
  • Are able to scavenge for their food and needs very little time or attention
  • Mature faster and provide quality meat and eggs with a better financial gain
  • Need very little medical supplication compared to other kinds of breeds
  • They provide more nutritious eggs and the yolks are deeper shade of yellow in color
  • Survive under harsh conditions
  • Have a higher egg laying capacity with 200 eggs annually

There are several advantages of Kuroiler chicken as farmers have confirmed higher yields and better financial gain.  They also take a shorter time to mature and they have a higher market because of their standards.  A farmer does not have to be around them 24/7 as they are free range birds thereby making them easier to control and manage.  They are easier to treat and can be treated by mixing local herbs and food products.  Since they are heavy feeders, they help keep their surrounding clean.  When it comes to feeding they are not costly.  Farmers only need to supplement portions on a daily basis to help maintain them.

This is far better than broilers that are kept in check on a 24/7 basis, are more costly to feed and survive on drugs from time to time to attain the required weight.  The kuroiler birds are a blessing to the environment and to the chicken generation as a whole.  Their beaks are strong and can tear around through most of the agricultural products which other chicken breeds can do.  They need no supervision when it comes to feeding.

Other Advantages of Kuroiler breed is that they are able to lay eggs for 2 years.  They are a stronger and better variety than the local chicken.  Because they are hardy and can survive under any weather farmers are quite comfortable with having them around for both commercial purposes and domestic use.

Interestingly, there are so many advantages that kuroiler farmers have and over the last few months they have noted increased financial gain as they grow or mature faster, lay more and bigger eggs, are meatier and healthy.  They are also easier to keep.  Farmers do not have to build special shades for them.  All they need is to ensure that they are well vaccinated; well fed and proper hygiene is kept in place.    They also do not require a large place to survive as they are well protected they will survive over time.

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