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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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Facts About the Rainbow Rooster: The Millionaire’s Bird

This month, we are profiling the poultry breeds which are high yielding and easy and cheap to rear and could, therefore, make you a poultry farming millionaire in a very short time. In the first of the series, we profiled the Kuroiler breeds of chickens. In this post, we will profile the Rainbow Rooster birds.

The Rainbow Rooster is a multicolored bird that is highly disease resistant, fast growing and a dual purpose chicken which can also be grown in “kienyeji-like” circumstances. It is a good breed to choose if you want to carry out low cost free range or semi-free range farming with minimal input. It is also suitable for those who would want to carry out free range or organic farming. It is one of the most suitable breeds for farmers to grow in Kenya along with the Kuroiler and the KARI Improved Kienyeji chicken. It is highly suited for the rural rearing conditions and also very adaptable as a bird.

Indian Origins

Like the Kuroiler and the Indbro, this bird originated from India where it was bred by the Indbro Research Breeding Farms in India. The Rainbow Rooster lays more eggs and has low mortality rates, one of the factors which make it ideally suited for farmers in the rural areas. The Rainbow Rooster is very similar to Kenya’s indigenous chicken with the only difference being that they grow very fast and lay more eggs. They are also bigger than the ordinary Kienyeji birds.

Background Information About the Rainbow Rooster Birds

The birds can be reared both on a backyard subsistence level as well as a commercial breed due to the fact that it lays more eggs, grows faster and produces very good quality meat. It is especially advantageous because the process of rearing the Rainbow Roosters is not as capital-intensive as the process of rearing the layers and broilers.  This is one of the reasons why the Rainbow Rooster rearing can easily be carried out by the small scale farmers in many parts of Kenya who may not have much money to start with.

Rainbow Roosters have several characteristics that make them ideal candidates for rearing in the rural areas and in most areas in Kenya. They are highly adaptable birds and offer great performance and adaptability to farmers in most areas in Kenya. Compared to the indigenous Kienyeji birds, they offer higher egg productivity. They were originally developed by the Indbro Research Pvt in India.

They are best reared in the free range as well as the semi-free range conditions and they are also perfect for use as dual purpose birds. Farmers can rear them for both egg production and meat production. The bird is also multi-colored. This is where it derives its name “Rainbow Rooster”. They Rainbow Rooster was developed through the interbreeding of fast growing broilers and high laying brown birds which are resistant to diseases.

Rainbow Roosters are Perfect for Brooding

Brooding is one of the areas that most farmers fear the most due to the challenges involved. The Rainbow Roosters have a very fast growth potential, particularly in their first six weeks. That means farmers will grapple with less brooding issues.

Rainbow Roosters are Tasty

They also have less fat and more meat and are, therefore very tasty chicken. The Rainbow Roosters have all the attributes that you would find in the indigenous birds with difference that they mature much faster and produce more eggs. Unlike broilers, they also have less fat and produce meat that is more tasty. It tastes just like the Kienyeji birds.

Rainbow Roosters can be kept in various systems. These include the following:-

  • On Broiler Feeds
  • As scavenging birds in free range of semi-free range system
  • On layer chick formula under a semi-intensive system

Housing Rainbow Roosters

Housing Rainbow Roosters is a very simple. Refer to our Kienyeji Housing Manual for information on how to house these chickens.

Scavenging Rainbow Roosters

When kept in the scavenging systems, the male Rainbow Rooster birds will be able to attain a 1.3Kg live weight within the first 10 weeks. The females will be weighing 1.1Kg at about the same age. Just like the indigenous Kienyeji chicken, the Rainbow Roosters can also be kept in the free range mode. You will, however, get optimal performance only when you keep them in the semi-intensive or semi-free range system. This involves concocting locally sourced materials such as omena, vegetables, kitchen wastes and combining these with the products of scavenging such as worms, grit and greens along with the balanced poultry feeds that you will buy from the Agrovet.

You could also formulate your own poultry feeds in your backyard. Refer to our Rainbow Roosters poultry formulation manual for additional information and guide on how to make your own Rainbow Roosters feed or how to formulate kienyeji feeds at home.

Rainbow Roosters Egg Production

Under good management, the Rainbow Roosters will produce 180-200 eggs per year. Compare to the 40-60 eggs per year for the ordinary kienyeji, you can see the great advantage of the Rainbow Roosters. On the other hand, the Improved Kienyeji Breeds still produce more eggs than the Rainbow Rooster chickens.

Brooding

It is important to note that the Rainbow Roosters birds do not engage in brooding. This is a characteristic which was intentionally developed during breed development in order to boost the egg production. If you want to get more chicks, you can either buy new Rainbow Rooster chicks or invest in an egg incubator or hatchery. The best place to buy reliable Rainbow Rooster parent stock in Kenya is Kukuchic in Eldoret.

Rainbow Rooster Taste

The meat from the Rainbow Rooster birds is very tender and tasty. The birds are multicolored as discussed above and these are generally highly preferred in the market by consumers looking for non-broiler meat. Because of their great adaptability, they can be reared almost anywhere in Kenya.

 

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The Rainbow Rooster Chicken: The “Kienyeji” Which Lays More Eggs and Grows Faster

The multicolored Rainbow Rooster birds generally look like any ordinary kienyeji birds normally reared in the villages but the truth is that the Rainbow Rooster is actually an Indian breed that is the result of the interbreeding of two high yielding indigenous Indian chicken varieties.

The Rainbow Rooster birds have all the characteristics of our local kienyeji birds including the taste. Since it was brought into Kenya, it has adapted quite well and many Kenyans actually confuse it for our local kienyeji.

Some Practical Information about the Rainbow Rooster:-
• They are called Rainbow Roosters because they come in so many colors. They are some of the most colorful hens out there. See photos below.
• They are low fat chickens and quite healthy
• They are very tasty
• The Rainbow rooster meat is of medium texture
• Hardy birds and very suitable for backyard farming
• Multicolored hens hence the name Rainbow Rooster
• Low technology input which gives you maximum yields
• Loved by Kenyans due to tasty meat

Rainbow Rooster Layers
• Age of maturity is 140 days
• Age at peak production-26 weeks
• Peak Production-93%
• Color of eggs-dark brown
• Body weight at maturity-1650gms
• Body weight at end of lay-2200gms
• Age of 50% production-152 days
• Lays an average of 300 eggs over a 72-week laying period.

Rainbow Rooster Male Birds
• Color-brown
• Weight at 12 weeks-1200gms
• Mature weight-1750gms
• Male birds color brown

Photos of the Rainbow Rooster Birds

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Poultry Feed Formulation Manual is Out

Our poultry Feed Formulation Manual is out. The 36 page manual contains a step by step guide on how you can cheaply and profitably formulate your own poultry feeds using simple and easily accessible raw materials. The feed formulae provided can be used to formulate feeds not just for Kienyeji chicken but also for the exotic layers and broilers. The manual contains the following topics:-

  • Poultry nutrition general information: Feed ingredients and additives
  • Energy and nutrients for your poultry
  • Protein Feeding Requirements for your poultry
  • Vitamins for your poultry
  • Feeding programs for broilers
  • Feeding program for replacement pullets
  • Feeding Program for laying hens
  • Nutrient Requirements for your poultry
  • Chicken Feeds: Chick Mash
  • Chicken Feeds: Growers Mash
  • Chicken Feeds: Layers Mash
  • Feeding Regime for Different Ages of Chicken
  • Principles of Poultry Nutrition
  • Formulating a Tonne of layers mash
  • Formulating a Tonne of Growers Mash
  • Formulating a Tonne of Chick Mash
  • Additional Poultry Formulation Notes

For orders of the Poultry Feed Formulation Manual, please call 0711417887 or email improvedkienyeji@gmail.com. The manual goes for Ksh.500.

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Day Old Rainbow Rooster Chicks Available for Sale

Day Old Rainbow rooster chicks available and ready for delivery for only Ksh.100 per chick. Deliveries done throughout Kenya for all order sizes(but you pay the transport costs for smaller orders of Ksh.10 per bird). For orders and enquiries this week, call 0711417887 or email improvedkienyeji@gmail.com while stocks last.

Some Practical Information about the Rainbow Rooster:-
• They are called Rainbow Roosters because they come in so many colors. They are some of the most colorful hens out there. See photos below.
• They are low fat chickens and quite healthy
• They are very tasty
• The Rainbow rooster meat is of medium texture
• Hardy birds and very suitable for backyard farming
• Multicolored hens hence the name Rainbow Rooster
• Low technology input which gives you maximum yields
• Loved by Kenyans due to tasty meat

Rainbow Rooster Layers
• Age of maturity is 140 days
• Age at peak production-26 weeks
• Peak Production-93%
• Color of eggs-dark brown
• Body weight at maturity-1650gms
• Body weight at end of lay-2200gms
• Age of 50% production-152 days
• Lays an average of 300 eggs over a 72-week laying period.

Rainbow Rooster Male Birds
• Color-brown
• Weight at 12 weeks-1200gms
• Mature weight-1750gms
• Male birds color brown
Call 0711417887 to Order this week.

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