Easy And Affordable Lessons To Better Your “Kuku” Farming Business

Contributor: OSCAR makori

“Poultry keeping is a lucrative venture but just like any other business, a good plan should be put in place to succeed, proper planning is paramount “those are words of Joseph Maina, a successful poultry farmer in Thika town who started five years ago.

According to Joseph, money alone is not enough to make the business sustainable, one advice I offer to anyone interested in this business is do not simply jump into poultry farming because your friend or neighbours business is flourishing, research and invest your time to find out the pros and cons of the business.

“There are basic requirements and availability of land is an integral part of poultry keeping, size of land normally determines the number of birds to be reared and most importantly land with proper drainage and security is of utmost importance”

Housing

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Maina notes that an average of an eighth of an acre (50ft ×100ft) can approximately accommodate 1500 to 2000 layers, 3000 to 4000 broilers or 2500 to 3000 kienyeji birds.

In addition, appropriate housing is required for success, several factors comprising ventilation, spacing per bird, drainage, ease of cleaning, lighting, security, type of bird, all come to play when housing is being considered.

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Maina notes that an average of an eighth of an acre (50ft ×100ft) can approximately accommodate 1500 to 2000 layers, 3000 to 4000 broilers or 2500 to 3000 kienyeji birds.

“After all this is done, financial ability of the farmer as well as availability of material may dictate the material used for construction and other expenses that are constant such us labour cost, feeding troughs, drinkers, brooding costs, feeds, and vaccination costs of chicks” he adds.

Maina, a father of two whose life and that of his family is dependent on poultry keeping clarifies that all these components should be considered in the initial startup capital market survey which include the spending pattern and purchasing power of the farmer.

 Be Up to Date

“The farmer should do their due diligence to figure out what is on demand in the area he intends to supply to” Just like any other business, poultry farming requires a continued education, dedication and prudence. Joseph insists that farmers should endeavor or gather information either by attending poultry trainings or reading credible poultry information articles.

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“Extension services close to the farm should also be identified, a healthy working relationship is important between the farm and the extension service provider”

Record keeping

Like any other business venture, record keeping is imperative, this is the only technique that will indicate if the business will be profitable or not, which according to Joseph can be divided into two aspects, financial and farm records.

Record keeping is imperative, this is the only technique that will indicate if the business will be profitable or not,

“Financial records will encompass the monetary bit that is the expenses and returns. Farm records are related to practices and routine procedures done at the farm on a day to day basis, this covers the vaccination, feeding regimes, egg production and weekly body weight gain, records of disease and concurrent medication and mortality if any”

According to him any kind of activity performed in the poultry house should be jotted down, such records are also used as reference point in case of occurrences such as disease outbreak.

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