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Learn tips on how you can successfully farm Kienyeji chicken with our improved kienyeji chicken farming manual. We have a special offer that will run for the next few months. You can buy our Comprehensive Kienyeji Chicken rearing guide for Ksh.500 and we will send you the Kienyeji Housing Manual Free of Charge.

The Kienyeji housing guide is a practical manual on how you can construct a chicken house. It includes information such as the right materials to use when constructing the house, the dimensions to use when constructing the chicken house as well as the costing for the kienyeji house. There are details on the right location to choose, the elevation as well as the positioning of the house. For additional information, you can order your Comprehensive Kienyeji Chicken Farming Guide Here

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CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF WATER TO CHICKEN

“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one” – Jacques Yves Cousteau
Water is probably the single most important component in chicken feeding and rearing. Most farmers may take it for granted but giving water in large quantities could be the one of the greatest things you do to chicken any day. The phrase ‘ad lib’ is usually used in describing how much water you give to chicken which basically means giving water in large quantities ‘without any restraint.’ In fact it has always been the misfortune of farmers we visit their farms when we tell them to take a glass of the water they give to their chicken. Ordinarily you will find water in the drinkers and when you ask where it comes from, the farmer shows you some dirty water in a jerrican or from a well that they themselves cannot drink. We always tell farmers to give chicken water that they themselves can drink. If cornered!

Chicken Drinkers
Chicken Drinkers

Chicken need water critically for a number of reasons but the following are the main ones;

Metabolism

Water is involved in every process of chicken metabolism. It helps in regulating body temperature, digestion of food and the expulsion of wastes from the body. At normal temperature chicken will consume twice as much water as feed. In cases where heat stress sets in, the intake of water will double or quadruple.

Essential Nutrient

Water is by far the single greatest constituent of the body, and, represents about 70% of total body weight. Access to water is very important, and a lack of water for several hours will probably cause a decline in egg production. Hens are more sensitive to a lack of water than a lack of feed.

Digestion

Water in the crop of chicken makes feed softer so digestion can take place. Without the water, dry feed forms clumps in the crop that can press on the bird’s carotid artery, decreasing blood flow to the brain. This can cause paralysis and possible death. Poultry anatomy makes it worse. A split in the upper hard palate of the beak allows air into the nasal passages and prevents the chicken from forming a vacuum in its mouth. Hens, therefore, rely on gravity to draw water into the crop.

‘Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.’ ~Slovakian Proverb

Egg Production

Each egg consists of approximately 75% water and hence without access to a regular, clean supply of water, a hen will be physically unable to produce eggs.

Required Amounts of Water

Water and food go hand in hand and so reduced water consumption by the chicken will also lead to reduce feed intake. Other factors affect water intake like the dryness of the feeds and changes in temperature. Chickens drink between 30-50% more water when the environmental temperature is above 32oC compared with when it is 21oC. Water intake is also affected by the type of drinkers used.

Chicken drinking water
Chicken drinking water

NB:The rule of thumb for water intake is that water intake is ordinarily 1.5 to 2 times feed intake.Bottom of Form

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“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” – W. H. Auden

For additional information take a look at our manuals or visit your nearest veterinarian!

 

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How to Build Kienyeji Chicken House: Manual is Out!

THE KIENYEJI HOUSING MANUAL: LEARN HOW TO BUILD A KIENYEJI CHICKEN HOUSE

Building a good kienyeji chicken house with the right design and appropriate space to accommodate your chicks doesn’t have to be difficult. Building the right chicken house design is the first step towards a profitable Kienyeji chicken farming. This is especially important if you are going to commercialize your Kienyeji farming venture and you need to protect your flock from both the thieves and the predators.

By building a proper Kienyeji house, you will be able to provide an environment for healthy and happy birds and this will in turn lead to better yields as well as lower rates for disease in your poultry flock.

Building a good chicken housing or chicken coop is not an easy process. There are some specifications and as well considerations that you need to follow when building the Kienyeji house. A good kienyeji chicken house or coop should include the following:-

  • Make sure it is predator proof on all sides of the house and also above.
  • Secure it from rodents such as rats that are generally attracted to feed on the chickens’ droppings.
  • Make sure it is breezy. This will protect the chickens from the respiratory diseases to which your chicks will be especially prone. However, it should not be too drafty where the cold air is moving through and making the chicks or hens uncomfortable especially during the cold seasons that their tushes or teeth are frozen off. Your chickens may withstand a little cold but not draught.
  • Make it easy clean to prevent the bacteria and bugs from festering.
  • Ensure that you have provided the “roosting poles” on which the chickens will sleep. These should be 2” wide and with rounded edges. It is advisable to allot spaces of 5-10” for every bird side to side as well as 1-“ between these poles in case you need more than one pole. You should also include ladder like grading to ensure that the poles are several inches apart. Birds generally like spending their time sitting in these positions and it prevents anti-social behaviors amongst your birds.
  • Put in nest boxes in the coops in order to encourage egg laying amongst the birds. There should be one nest box for every four to five chickens.
  • Make sure it is roomy: It should be roomy enough to accommodate at least 4 square feet for every birds where you are allowing your birds to roam freely. In case you keep the birds in spaces which are permanently confined, allow at least 10 square feet per bird.
  • Add feeders and drinkers on the surface. These should be hang 6-8” off the ground surface.
  • There should be a removable “droppings tray” which is placed under the roosting poles or perches in order to enable you to easily capture and dispose of the birds’ droppings.
  • If you have attached a chicken run, the sides should be buried 12” deep into the soil so that you can keep the rodents and various predators from digging into the chicken house.
  • If you set the house amongst the tall trees, you will also be protecting your chicks from aerial attacks by hawks.

If you want get more information and guide on how to build your Kienyeji Chicken House, order our Kienyeji Housing Manual today for only Ksh.250 per copy and begin building your Kienyeji Chicken House the right way. To place your order, call 0717444786 or 0711417887.

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