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Why More Kenyan Farmers Should Adopt the Battery/Layer Cages

The batter cages or layer cages are the latest trends amongst the more serious Kenyan farmers and these are advantageous for a variety of reasons. Look at some of the reasons on why you should take your poultry farming in Kenya to the next level by investing in the battery cages or layer cages in Kenya:-

  • Maximize on space. A unit of the layer cages sold in Kenya measures only 8ft by 7 ft and that is enough to carry 128 birds!
  • Reduce diseases/infections: With installations such as the automatic drinking nipples, there is less contamination of the drinking water and this reduces diseases such as coccidiosis which normally kill lots of birds. This also means there is reduced cost of drugs for your poultry.
  • Less pilferage or shrinkage:- There is less loss of both your eggs and chicken in the system through employee theft.
  • Less Labor Costs: less time and costs will be spent on labor since the chicken cages are DIY. This means more savings for you and less operational costs.
  • Zero wastage: The layer cages have better feed management systems so there is no spillage of feed and the farmer can thus realize better savings and higher profit margins.
  • High production:- The chickens have higher production rates in the cages as opposed to the deep litter system.
  • Have cleaner eggs with zero breakages:- The chickens do not come into contact with eggs so the eggs are very clean and there is no breakage.
  • There is no cannibalism:- You don’t have to worry about losses due to deaths as the cages prevent them from pecking each other.

This is one of the most efficient production techniques which allows you to save time and maximize on your produce.

Layer Battery Cages
Layer Battery Cages

Feeding for Improved Kienyeji Breeds

The advantage of feeding the improved kienyeji and other hybrid breeds such as Rainbow Rooster and Kuroiler chickens is that you can easily cut down on your feeding costs by supplementing the commercial feeds with some of the local feeds after 8 weeks when they are transitioning to growers mash.  You can feed with the following:-

  • Include local feeds such as grains (such as the sunflower seeds, sorghum, maize, kitchen waste and crushed groundnuts),omena, fish.
  • Include the green vegetables such as cabbages, sukuma wiki and spinach. Check out our post on how to hang cabbages for your chicken in the chicken house.
  • Supplement the local feeds that you are giving them with some of the top quality commercial feeds such as Fugo Growers Mash or Unga Feeds. You can divide these equally. 50% of the feeding can include the top quality formulated commercial feeds and 50% local feeds such as the ones listed above.
  • For example, if you are feeding layers, give each layer two handfuls of the layers mash and two handfuls of local feeds every day. For chicks, you can put them purely on a diet of the formulated commercial feeds at least for the first three weeks before you introduce the local feeds in order to ensure fast growth. A good commercial formulated feed that you can give chicks in the first eight weeks is the Fugo Fast Gro Starter Mash.

Feeding Your Broilers

The broilers should be fed well in order to ensure fast growth and better profits for your chicken farming business.  Unlike other chicken breeds where you need to measure feeds and give them a certain ration per day, do not measure the feed that you give your broilers. Provide them with as much food as they want to eat in order to ensure fast growth of the chickens.  At six weeks, you can slaughter the broilers. At this point, they should be weighing at least 1.4Kg.

Below is a schedule for feeding your broilers:-

Feeding Schedule for Broilers
Feeding Schedule for Broilers

Feeding Your Layers

Below is a program that you can follow when feeding your layers in order to ensure maximum egg production. You can put a drop of paraffin in the water as this will help the chicks to pass out dung easily.

How to feed your layers
How to feed your layers