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Formulate chicken diets using Pearson square

Chicken diets can be calculated by designing a so-called Pearsonsquare The various feedstuffs are put into two groups: high protein and low protein.Within the group they can replace each other, so the price will decidewhich one will be used more. Then the averages for each group can becalculated according to the amounts of each ingredient […]
By : Mkulima wa Ecochicks | Dec 8, 2018

Can you give rice to chickens?

Uncooked rice: If you are going to feed your chickens rice, be sure you cook it first. Once chickens eat dry rice, it will blow up when moisture is introduced and this can cause serious digestive problems. Salty foods: Too much salt can cause salt toxicity or hypernatremia. Chickens are not able to digest large amounts […]
By : Mkulima wa Ecochicks | May 4, 2018

How much does a chicken farmer make a year?

In recent years, chicken farming in Kenya has become so trendy as to be commonplace. As chickens need care every day, year-round, chicken farmers are not known for taking extended vacations so it is a profession to which a person must be very dedicated or have a staff on hand they trust. Becoming a profitable […]
By : Mkulima wa Ecochicks | May 2, 2018

Management of chicks in the brooder from 0-8 weeks

Chicks need heat at start of brooding until they emerge their own feather. Chicks reared through natural brooding get the heat they require from the hen. But in modern poultry production stations, the heat sources for chicks are brooders/Heaters. Kerosene lump, Charcoal heater, Bulb with 60-100 watt  as well as Hay box can be used […]
By : Mkulima wa Ecochicks | Sep 22, 2017

Start Mini-Poultry Feed Production In Kenya

In order to reduce the feed cost which accounts for about 70% of the total cost of poultry production indigenous poultry feed enterprises came into existence. Most small scale poultry enterprises now depend on these indigenous feed rations. The raw materials are sourced locally. The feed constitutes mainly of maize, sorghum spent grains, groundnut cake, […]
By : Mkulima wa Ecochicks | Dec 20, 2016

A 1000 layers poultry farm in Kenya

To farm 1000 layers is not a joke. You need  to automate  as many tasks as possible   The layers are in cages. The cage can fabricated a the farm using the normal  wire mesh. The wire mesh can be painted to increase durability. Feeders can be improvised from drainage water pipes cut in a half […]
By : Mkulima wa Ecochicks | Oct 27, 2016

Is it a jogoo or a layer, sexing day old chicks

With most animals, it is relatively easy to determine the sex of the newborn. The male reproductive organs are located on the outside of the body and are relatively easy to see, even in newborns. This is not the case with poultry. In male birds, the reproductive organs are inside the body cavity. This makes […]
By : Mkulima wa Ecochicks | Oct 24, 2016

Mealworm farming for you Kienyeji taste

Mealworms are the larvae of the darkling beetle with very high  proteins for your livestock Mealworm combined with sukuma and green vegetables produce yellow yolked eggs and kienyeji tasting chickens Mealworms (also known as Tenebrio molitor) are in fact insects. They are scavengers that can be found in grain stores, feed sacks and occasionally household […]
By : Mkulima wa Ecochicks | Oct 21, 2016

10 Tips on Raising Chickens

Seek out neighbors and chicken farmers in the area Yes, the internet is full of useful sites for raising chickens, but nothing beats the advice and knowledge of someone with whom you can talk in your area. Seeing other people’s setups will help you troubleshoot your own, and you can have people actually come see […]
By : Mkulima wa Ecochicks | Oct 20, 2016

Calculations in making own poultry feed

We shall be using  The Pearson Square methodrelies on the Digestible Crude Protein (DCP) as the basic nutritional requirement for feed. The most common ingredients used in poultry feed are whole maize, maize germ, cottonseed cake, soya beans, sunflower or omena (fishmeal). The farmer needs to know the Digestible Crude Protein (DCP) of the raw […]
By : Mkulima wa Ecochicks | Aug 3, 2016
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