Category | Raising Chicks

Lawyer turns passion for rare birds into lucrative venture

Peter King’ara, 44, has always been passionate about birds. He has travelled to different parts of the world looking for rare species to keep at his sanctuary in Gichiche Village, Othaya. Under his Barefoot Venture project, the farmer-cum-lawyer keeps more than 30 different species of birds. “I have gone as far as America and Britain [...]

Former fisherman hatches an idea for poultry business

Communities in the lakeside region have traditionally relied on fishing as their main source of livelihood but with declining stocks, most fishermen are diversifying their sources of income. Stephen Ogembo, 39, is one such man who has shifted from fishing in Lake Victoria to poultry farming. ‘‘Fishing has been the main economic activity in the [...]

Poultry farmers adopt improved indigenous breed of chicken

This comes against a backdrop of increased cost of production for broilers and layers variety, where 70 per cent of the expenditure emanates from feeds, according to the stakeholders. Kenbro, which belongs to Kenchic, was developed by a French company. The eggs from this type of chicken are in high demand with one selling at [...]

Incubators for hatching eggs in kenya

There are different places to get incubators for hatching eggs in Kenya.  The decision for your source is dependent  on capital available,  incubator capacity, location in Kenya among others. You can get a poultry incubator through the following ways Buy from an eggs incubator supplier in Kenya Buy locally made machines Import your own incubator [...]

A List of Poultry Farming Equipments and their Uses

Poultry farming is a very lucrative aspect of agriculture under livestock farming. For you to achieve maximum result in your poultry farming business, there are certain equipments that are necessary. Now for those who are in the process of starting a poultry farming business or you are still in the planning phase, this writeup will [...]

Remedies for Sick birds

Diarrhea is one of the most common illnesses in chickens. Your chicken’s environment and diet can contribute to diarrhea, but some simple remedies can get rid of diarrhea and can help prevent it. Environment 1. Isolate the sick chicken if you can. Treat her until she is looking better and then let her back in [...]

How to feed your chicks

Feeding Schedule for Brown Egg Layers and Leghorns: 0-6 weeks 20-21% protein chick starter 6-10 weeks16-19% protein pullet grower 18-22 weeks at onset of egg production16-18% protein layer diet (20% layer feed is fine for free range hens.) As soon as hens begin to lay, offer oyster shell as a free choice, available at all [...]

Caring For Chicks in your backyard

Remember, good egg layers begin with proper care when they are chicks. There is a real advantage of raising your own chicks, you control their diet, medication and everyday care. Be careful buying grown chickens from different places. Ask questions about their diet and vaccinations before you buy them. Supplies needed: 1. A chick brooder [...]

Keeping Brooder Water Clean

When raising baby chicks, keeping the water clean in their brooder can be a major challenge. Busy chicks kick shavings into the waterer and always find a way to poop in it. By far, my preference is to use poultry nipple waterers, however, it is not always possible to hang a bottle of water from the side of the [...]