Just a few kilometers from Nairobi in the outskirts of Ruaka town, Maryann Wanjiru has a poultry business with over 600 chicken. These include broilers and layers.
She started off the business with 20 chicks of which some died but this did not discourage her. She took the opportunity to engage a vet who advised her on the best practices in poultry farming. After some time, the chicken grew to 50, then 100 and so on.
On a normal day her chicken produce a minimum of 8 trays of eggs and each tray goes for Ksh. 350. In a good month she can comfortably make a minimum of Ksh. 40,000 in sales from the chicken meat and eggs.
Most of her customers get the chicken and eggs from her farm, while others get them at her outlet in Ruaka town. She has enhanced her business by providing delivery services which is crucial during this pandemic period.
She further diversifies her business by growing vegetables in her organic garden whereby the chicken waste is used as manure and part of the green produce is consumed by the chicken which gives them essential nutrients. The remaining produce is sold at the shop along with the meat and eggs.
Maryann emphasizes that it is important to maintain records since they help with vaccination schedules, computing population and also alert you when the chicken are ready to lay eggs. The records have also helped her with financial management and this has led to the success of her business.
In conclusion, SME development helps to create jobs and generate incomes for people especially the youth and women. In Kenya and East Africa poultry farming is considered to be the fastest growing sector in agriculture.
For those interested in the business, there are 3 varieties of chicken; Layers, Broilers, and Kienyeji.
Below are some factors that help choose which birds to go with:
·In terms of food consumption – Kienyeji feeds more than layers
·In terms of scavenging – Kienyeji is best for scavenging
·In terms of eggs – Layers have best laying rate and longest laying period
·In terms of market value – broilers achieve market value faster than Kienyeji
·In terms of market size – The market for eggs is bigger than meat
·In terms of market trends – The market for Kienyeji meat is growing very fast
·In terms of pricing – Kienyeji eggs fetches higher prices
Now you know!
AUTHOR: Eric Njaramba
Get real time update about this post categories directly on your device, subscribe now.