Poultry Farming in Nigeria: How to Know a Good Farm Site For Poultry   Leave a comment

Poultry Farming in Nigeria: How to Know a Good Farm Site For Your Poultry Business

This post is a follow up to an earlier post at http://wp.me/p11ziB-10m

The neighbours on the site must be friendly. That means you must never set up a poultry farm in a hostile environment.

The right or the desired quality of workers must be available at a reasonable cost and resident near the site.

The farm site should be as close as possible to the center of demand for the poultry products
Proximity to a main road for easier and faster movement to the market

Availability of land in the area for possible future expansion

Communication facilities are necessary

Availability of consultants and animal doctors are crucial and must be accessible to the site and also to be available on demand at the fastest possible time.

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Poultry Farming in Nigeria: How to Avoid Overcrowding the Chicken Pen   Leave a comment

Poultry Farming: How to Avoid Overstocking in the Deep Litter System

Many Nigerians do deep litter system because the poultry battery system is more capital intensive and the battery cages too costly to acquire. But the common mistake many make in setting up a deep litter system is overcrowding which causes serious problems.

Overcrowding chickens is a serious hazard that can cause poor egg production in layers chicken farming. From inception, the farmer should know how many chickens his chicken pen can safely accommodate at various ages of development of the chickens.

For example, if the intended poultry chicken pen size is 40 feet by 40 feet, he should know how many chickens the pen can accommodate by the time the chickens enter the egg laying phase. If he is starting with day old chickens, how many chickens can a brooders house of a certain size accommodate?

The solution is to know the amount of square feet of space that a poultry chicken requires at various ages of development from brooder status to egg laying ages. Not to know this is to plan for avoidable stress and failure.

if the farmer can calculate from inception how many chickens his intended chicken pen size can reasonably accommodate in the egg laying phase that the chickens are fully matured, he will know how many chickens to buy as starting stock. Many buy more than necessary and find out too late that they have overstocked and cannot quickly expand their facilities.

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John Ayodele

Poultry Farming for Nigerians: How to Determine Realistic Egg Production   Leave a comment

If you do not have the right details about the business and you just dabble into this sensitive business, you are likely to get poor results or lose your entire investment and come out with a tale of woe. Some people who rushed into it blindly and failed in it will not touch the business again even with a long pole.

The profitability:
Layer farming is the most lucrative of the three chicken types.The general rule is that a layer chick will lay an egg daily for 18-24 months but there are about 6 exceptions to this general rule. Some newbies are misled to believe that 500 layers will lay 500 eggs consistently, daily for 2 years.On this basis,they jump into the business on utterly wrong assumptions. So,do not believe anyone who tells you that 500 chickens will lay 500 eggs daily for 2 years.That is a capital LIE!

The egg production arithmetic does not work that way in real life as there are some exceptions. At the end of their laying period or when production drops drastically, you can sell an old layer for at least N1500.00 (Xmas 2016 prices) in Lagos especially during Christmas. The market for old layers is very large. If you are selling 500 birds after laying eggs for x number of months, you will earn about N750,000.00 from the sale which can be used to start another cycle…Guaranteed!

Poultry business is lucrative in Nigeria but there is a price to pay to manage the chickens properly from inception and maintain them in excellent health.

The Challenge:
The challenge here is the ability to maintain a consistently healthy flock of chickens and the ability to keep them alive. It is a healthy chicken that will produce and its a living chicken that you can sell at the end of the laying period. A lot of effort goes into raising a healthy chicken. The full details of how to raise a healthy chicken for consistent egg production are in the layer and broiler poultry reports on this blog.

There are a lot of essential areas about the business that a beginner should be conversant with to be able to operate a profitable poultry farm. As a starter,you can start a small farm at home and operate it successfully and profitably without much stress and with minimum upset provided you know what to do and doing it at the right time because the chickens need attention. With N100k,you can set up a micro scale backyard farm rearing broilers and I can show you how to do it.

It is an interesting business to do. You are like their father and mother on the farm.If you can not pay the price to do what is right and to maintain close supervision,it is advisable not to invest in it unless you have a competent and reliable hand to represent your interest.Sort out the management issue before set up. You have been warned!

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John Ayodele
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Poultry Farming:Reasons Why the Battery Cage System is Better   Leave a comment

In Nigeria,there are two main poultry systems-the deep/dry litter and the battery cage system. In the deep litter system,the chickens are on the floor during the egg production period.

The problems inherent in this practice are many and may do more harm than good to the farmer especially the starter farmer who is doing it for the first time.

The chickens laying eggs on the floor will have direct contact with their droppings which is a serious health hazard as the droppings contain ammonia.

Secondly,the chickens have direct contact with their eggs and may break some which will result to a loss of income to the farmer.

Thirdly,it will be extremely difficult to do a stock count where the farmer has a large flock of chickens.Where the staff are dishonest and steal the chickens,the owner-farmer may not know quickly.

Fourth, the production in the dry litter system is lower because the chickens can move about which makes them burn energy better reserved for egg production.

In the battery cage system,the chickens are kept in cages where their movement is restricted and three chickens occupy a cubicle.Their droppings drop to the floor beneath the cages so the chickens have no direct contact with their feces.Thus,much reduced health risks and much less expenditure on vaccines.

The farmer can easily do a stock count of the chickens and the chickens will not have access to the eggs.The eggs will roll out of their reach after laying.

Further,it is much easier to feed the chickens and provide water as these will be poured into their feeders and drinkers attached to the battery cages.Therefore,wastage of feed is much more reduced unlike in the dry or deep litter system.

The battery cage is better suited as the egg production is higher than in the deep litter because movement is restricted which makes the chickens conserve their energy for increase in production levels.

However if you are financially constrained and can not afford to buy battery cages, you may stick to the dry litter system on the following conditions:

1) The evacuation of the chicken droppings must be done twice weekly especially if the farm is in the home where there are other homes around you.Twice weekly evacuation is to maintain a high standard of cleanliness and to reduce the risks of infection to the chickens.

2)You must have adequate space to operate a deep litter system. There must be no overcrowding of chickens.Overcrowding is a hazard. Using battery cages conserves space.

Take note that there are minimum feeding space and floor space requirements to observe in the deep litter system at different stages of growth.Adequate floor space in the deep litter system is an absolute necessity because overcrowding chickens leads to poor growth and development and rapid spread of diseases.

3)The cleaning exercise in the dry litter system is a more tedious exercise than in the battery system.

There are different types of cages available in the market.There are the old manual system or the automated system. There is the 2 tier (60 birds/unit), 3 tier types(90 birds/unit)&4 tier.

There are also cages for 90,96, 108, 120 birds,144 birds,192 birds etc. Also there are imported brand new, imported(old,used in Nigeria),refurbished cages and locally fabricated brand new in the Nigerian market.

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John Ayodele
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Poultry Farming for Nigerians: Counting the Cost before Starting…   Leave a comment

For a beginner,it is wise to count the cost before starting out.You should know how much it will cost you to feed a certain number of chickens for a given period for instance, how much to feed day old chickens from day one to about 18-22 weeks that egg production is expected to commence.

It is either you use ready made feeds to feed your chickens or you formulate your own feed which could be cheaper for you but the cost effectiveness of feed formulation plan depends on your scale of operations and other factors.

You should know how to make a realistic income forecast taking into account the general rule in egg production and its exceptions to arrive at a reasonable egg production estimate

Some farmers venture into poultry business rearing chicken without knowing the feeding cost upfront.Along the way, they became cash strapped. Some panic by changing the feed without proper guidance which compounds the problem.

Before changing their feed, get proper counsel from an animal nutritionist and better still make adequate financial provision to feed the birds for at least 22 weeks.

To formulate your own feed on your own farm, please consult a nutritionist for advice on nutritional ratios to formulate the feed.

You need to know the cost of setting up farm assets such as the chicken pen, store rooms for feed and eggs, farm house,water source etc and you should know the variable costs such as feeding and medication costs, cleaning,vet fees, staff wages etc.

In addition, you should know what to expect in terms of egg revenue based on reasonable and realistic egg production estimates. Poultry report number 4 on this blog has the details how to do a realistic egg production estimate. Visit the resource materials link below.

For starters who are new to poultry farming and wish to invest in it and require solid and tested information, take note of the following links:
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John Ayodele

Poultry Farming for Nigerians: Things to Know Before You Start   Leave a comment

Poultry farming is a lucrative business in Nigeria but also a sensitive business. However, the sensitivity is manageable and the message of this blog is to encourage you to set up a small chicken farm and learn how to manage it successfully with the barest minimum upsets and smile to the bank

In Nigeria, the market for poultry products is very large and the market for eggs is price inelastic. But do not allow anyone to mislead you to invest in it, on an assumption that it is an easy road or a get-rich -quick route without sweat because it is not. However, there is assurance that if well managed from inception, it will provide you with a steady regular source of income. Guaranteed!

There are three types of chickens in the context of this blog. There are the pullets commonly known as layers in Nigeria and are reared for egg production and the most lucrative. The second type is the broiler chicken for meat production. The third type is the cockerel also reared for meat production.

It requires having the right knowledge to be able to do the right things at the right time to get the right results. It requires hard work and prompt attention to details.

Starting small is the best way to enter and learn the business. You may start with as low as 100-500 chickens depending on your pocket to learn it. If you can operate 100-500 chicks successfully, then you can do any number of chickens. What you will learn from 100-500 chickens tells you whether you can cope with larger numbers.

Before you go into any business ask yourself,’ what knowledge or skill or experience am i bringing into this business? Provide a sincere answer to it but if you cannot, just suspend that plan and go look for knowledge through apprenticeship or formal schooling or self development avenues such as books and manuals on the topic.

To acquire the right skills and to have a detailed and informed opinion of poultry farming, please follow this blog and take note of the following:
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Poultry Farming in Nigeria: Common Mistakes That Spoil The Business (2)   Leave a comment

Marketing Mismanagement
Marketing ability to identify where the immediate and potential markets are before starting the business is important, to be able to sell the products at the appropriate time. The eggs have a short shelf life and it is unwise to continue to feed matured birds for long periods after maturity for sale without selling them.

Though markets for poultry products are many in Nigeria,a farmer may need to consult to find a market and sell o time to avoid losses. Therefore, marketing mismanagement or an inadequate marketing plan or inadequate marketing strategies to sell poultry products at the appropriate time can cause losses to the farmer.

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