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Chicken Farming in Nigeria:Reasons Why Some Nigerians Have Failed (2)   8 comments

This post is the 12th on this blog for the benefit of starters in the business.It encourages you to do the highly rewarding of chicken farming and teaches you how to avoid some pitfalls which some fell into through carelessness and ignorance.

Poultry business is viable in Nigeria. You can do it but must understand the variables first before investing a cent. Do not listen to false, unfounded stories about the business.There are so-called ‘experts’ who have not done the business but are discouraging others based on hearsay.

The initial 6-8 weeks is the most crucial in the life of a chicken requiring proper and experienced handling.The brooding phase is the foundation and what happens at this stage can determine future results in the business.Getting it wrong and loosing too many chickens in the brooding phase is one of the reasons for failure in the business because high losses can dampen one’s morale.

If you can scale through the brooding phase successfully with minimum loss, the rest of the journey in the chicken business is much easier but requiring meticulous application of variables which you must be conversant with.

There are many other reasons why some Nigerians have failed in the chicken farming business. One is the failure to conduct a feasibility study before starting out.You should know what to project in terms of realistic income expectation, feed estimation and farm structures to put up before starting the farm no matter how small it may be.

if your funds can sustain 500 birds and you set out with 1000 birds out of excitement,without knowing the feed cost requirements, you may have serious problems along the way which may lead to the collapse of the farm.Therefore, feasibility study is very essential to know how far your funds can go.

if you work your figures on the wrong assumption as many do that 500 chickens will lay 500 eggs daily for 2 years, you will come up with a false projection and start on a false note. if your expected wrong figures do not come to reality, you may become discouraged as some have done.

You should know how egg production figures work to arrive at a more realistic/reliable projection.
One of the reports on this blog named Report Number 4, ‘Cost Analysis Report’ teaches you the basics of egg production and how to project a reasonable/realistic egg production and revenue estimates.

Another reason for is that many Nigerians like seeking free information and hoping to thrive with it. There is nothing free even in Freetown.Usually,the free information comes as half-baked.The real one that works has a price attached to it.What i have for you for free in the posts on this blog is valuable but much more are in the poultry reports.

Another main reason is when an inexperienced starter decides to go it alone without support from a consultant.You need a consultant to guide you in this sensitive business.There are sensitive aspects that an inexperienced starter cannot handle without guidance.

Do not be scared of the costs as their service is cheap and wont cost you an arm or leg. But you have to make a diligent search for a reliable and competent consultant.

If you need quality information that will help you, you may have to pay for it where necessary or pay much more dearly for your ignorance later as some have done. A lady researching on the net got to know about a layers breed that consumes much less and produces eggs at a higher rate and wanted to set up that breed.

Fortunately, she came across this blog while looking for where to buy the breed in Lagos and she sought our counsel to get the breed for her. That breed is available in Nigeria but scarce. The breed produces eggs that are a hard sell in Nigeria, not preferred by buyers in the Nigerian market.

She would have set up a poultry breed which eggs would have been difficult to sell and end up frustrated. Before adopting an idea from the net, cross-check its applicability to our market.Not every information on the net is correct or applicable to our market. Please take note.

Another common reason is starting the farm with unhealthy chickens by buying chickens from the wrong sources which is a function of ignorance. The fastest lane to disaster in the business is to start with unhealthy chicks.You would have gone far into the business and expended huge sums of resources(time, money,energy,efforts) before the ugly effects of the error begin to manifest.

Another reason is that some Nigerians prefer cheap service and quackery. They fall easily into the hands of quacks. In this business, there are some parading as experts/consultants and are just experienced poultry attendants who worked on poultry farms. Truly, some of them are very knowledgeable in the business. There are many other reasons for failure highlighted in other posts on this blog.Try to read them

To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Engage a poultry consultant or an experienced farmer to guide you. Sometimes,it may cost you a small fee.Do not be penny-wise,pound-foolish, who can not pay a paltry N5k for information that will work the business but will foolishly squander Nmillion doing the wrong things in ignorance, building on the wrong foundation which will eventually collapse.

Another reason is that a Nigerian sees another Nigerian doing a business and next thing is to blindly dive into it without studying the terrain in the business to know what works or does not work or how the other is coping.

Get information before you start the business. Do not rush into poultry farming because you have the money.If you rush in blindly, you may rush out with your eyes wide open,and a wiser person after wasting much money,time and energy.

The reports on this blog, to guide the newbie farmer are as follows:
1)How to set up and operate a profitable poultry (layer)farm in Nigeria :A Beginner’s guide
2)How to set up and operate a profitable broiler chicken farm
3)Compounded feed mix for layers and broilers & Mini feed mill set up (A Beginner’s Guide)
4)Cost Analysis Report for set up of a 1000 layer chicken farm (A Beginner’s Guide to cost of operations analysis)
5)Chicken Disease-control & Vaccine Administration Report(A Beginner’s Guide)
6)Poultry Control Report for Starters ( a must for layer chicken farmers,contains uncommon details)
7) Financials(Profitability Analysis) for 1000 layers and 1000 broilers for 12 months on MS Excel Spreadsheet.(see blog post 18 above for details of contents)
8) Working Notes teaches you how to make the necessary calculations by yourself.

Attached to these reports are 8 unique bonuses that include:

A) Picture Guide: A standard layout design of a poultry farm.
With this, no need troubling yourself about the layout of the farm structures.
B) Picture Guide: A Brochure on poultry equipment and how to get them at the lowest prices
C) Cost of chicken pen construction for 5000 chickens/Breakdown of building materials provided by Infinity Ventures, a Pen Builder.
D)Picture Guide: Dimensions for Arrangement of Battery Cages in the Chicken Pen (exact measurements)
E)Picture Guide:Chicken Pen Floor Design showing exact measurements

For these unique poultry reports on effective and efficient farm set up and operations,visit the poultry reports section @ http://www.poultryaffairsng.simplesite.com

John Ayodele
http://www.poultryaffairs.simplesite.com
http://www.johnayodele.wordpress.com
Phone: +2348035978352