This is the 1st of over 40 informative posts on this blog about poultry farming business created for Nigerians. Poultry farming is lucrative 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.
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 read this blog.