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Local Poultry Farming Chicken farming is best suited for the small business person. You should start by deciding whether you want to rear free range or hybrid chickens.

customers’ demands. An incubator for 48 egg will cost you about Shs 20,000/- while an incubator for 96 eggs will cost you Shs30,000/=.

From a small town plot, statistics show, you can make as much as Shs100,000/- per week from eggs and chicken sales.

Broilers: Broilers are profitable when sold early enough. Look for a guaranteed market to supply.

According to Dr. Alex Kimeli, Unga Feeds Technical Representative of South Rift , for commercial purposes, a farmer can choose to specialize in layers, which are chickens for eggs, broilers, chickens raised for meat or improved kienyeji.

Roasters: Roasters are fairly mature chicken. Generally they are sold when four or five months old when they are heaviest but still with tender flesh. They are profitable raised free range Frequently they are fattened for two weeks or so before going to the market.

Having made your choice, you can now specialize in any of the following sub-sectors, a combination or even in all.

Layers Egg farmers are glad to pay higher prices for chicken raised to the point of laying so as to avoid risks of deaths and other uncertainties incidental to raising chicks. Hardening In this you raise chicks up to about four weeks ensuring that you provide all the necessary vaccinations before selling them at a good price “Whatever sector you choose, you have to make responsible managerial and financial decisions to make your chicken farm business a profitable one,” says Dr. Kimeli GMA by Johanna K. Langat, Kericho County

Eggs for the market: Compared to other opportunities in the chicken business, egg production and sale can be more profitable because of the lower cost of production. Day Old Chicks: The business of raising day old chicks is becoming attractive as more farmers engage in poultry farming. However, this specialized area requires the businessman to be proficient in artificial hatching Gross Margin Analysis based on one indigenous hen for meat Proand have quality chicks to meet duction

Investment News July - August 2016  

Investment News Kenya, Investment News, Kericho investment opportunities guide, agribusiness opportunities in Kericho

Investment News July - August 2016  

Investment News Kenya, Investment News, Kericho investment opportunities guide, agribusiness opportunities in Kericho

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