Archive for September 2012

Poultry Farming for Nigerians: An Inspiring Testimony From a First Timer   4 comments

Going into chicken farming in Nigeria without having an update of the variables that make the business work is a direct invitation to distress and eventual failure. The farmer to be must know how to rear the chickens in the acceptable manner.

A Nigerian,Mr Jide Makinde (see his testimony below) who came in contact with this blog in March 2012 went ahead to set up a poultry farm in Ibadan based on the resources on this blog. I recall that he got only the layer chicken report and broiler chicken report that were available at the time.

He had zero experience then but his contact with this blog and personal contact with me gave him the confidence. Though he had the finances for a large farm,he set up a small farm based on advice given and without my physical presence there. The reports are self explanatory and are that adequate to rely on to set up a farm by following its step-by-step guides. This morning ,i received the mail below from him, which am posting here as proof that these things work in Nigeria if you are properly guided and determined.


Good Day Mr. Ayo,

It’s been a long time. How’s your work. We are also progressing in the poultry farm. The first set of day old pullets (200pcs) for our trial purpose which we stocked on March 26th has started laying. We did not loose many as we still have 200pcs as of now.They are just approaching 80% production now. They are about 24-25 weeks old now.

We stocked another batch of 500pcs in June and the second set is about 16 weeks old now. We lost about 50 pcs of his batch to diseases/rain and we have about 460 pcs left.

They are all in battery cage now as we have completed construction of our permanent site.

The pen at our back yard will now be solely for brooding purpose and we just stocked another 700 day old pullets two weeks ago so that we can the advantage of quantity when they all start laying.

I will send the pictures of the birds and the new poultry house to you later today.

I thank you for all you have done for us at the start of the venture. Your advice, counseling and most importantly your guiding manuals has really helped us. You actually gave us the starting dose of confidence to go ahead because we were with zero experience by that time.

Thank you once again. I will like you to have a look at the farm at your own convenient time.

Regards to your family members,


That is the testimony from Mr.Jide, a Nigerian who was courageous to set up a poultry farm based on the information acquired from this blog. His first batch of 200 day old birds is a wonderful performance with very little mortality,losing about 5 birds only. His second batch of 5oo birds recorded less than 10% casualty by age 16 weeks which is also a commendable outing for a starter.

The major problem many starters have is always total ignorance or half-baked knowledge and a desire to go it alone without support. Before you do chicken farming, get the basic information first and that starts with reading this blog. Do not jump into the business with your eyes closed. Open your eyes well
John Ayodele


Chicken Farming: How You Can Lose Money Without Knowing   5 comments

Now, I want to discuss how a careless layers chicken farmer can lose money in the business without knowing until it is probably too late.

Before you go set up a chicken layer farm, you should understand the natty-gritty of egg production because there is a loop that your farm staff can exploit to pocket your money and you may not know if you are not smart. It is advised that the owner of the farm be there to manage his farm or maintain very close supervision if he is an absentee owner.

If he is an absentee owner, the farm manager must be a honest and trusted person. His operational competence is also important. If your manager/farm staff is not honest and exploits the loops in egg production to your own disadvantage, then you are on the losing end. This is a clear fact and one prime reason why some chicken farms have closed down especially those owned by absentee owners.

If you understand egg production general rule and its 6 exceptions, you will be able to tackle the loop to reduce egg pilferage to the barest minimum and make maximum returns. If the owner cannot be available to supervise his investment and cannot get a trusted manager, do not do the business. Before you set up a chicken farm, you must understand the exceptions in egg production and the loop that can cause you to lose money and the remedies.

Then sort out the issue of who supervises the farm. If your staff cannot steal eggs without you knowing, there are other avenues they will try and you should know them. However,do not be discouraged from doing the business. But knowing in advance the pros and cons help so that you know how to run the business more profitably.The truth that you know and can apply is what sets you free.

You must have a good record keeping system which enables you know how the chicken farm is standing financially at any point. What you are to keep record of on daily basis include chicken deaths, number of eggs produced daily, number of broken eggs and many others listed in the Layers Chicken Report.

Then, when you observe that you are losing money, you have to know what exactly is going wrong. One of the common reasons is egg pilferage by farm staff. If egg losses are not controlled, it can ruin a large farm where little drops soon make an ocean.

Then a control system should be put in place to check abuses by farm staff.You should understand the mentality that farm staff exhibit and how it can adversely affect farm fortunes.There are four major atrocities poultry dishonest farm staff do which can ruin a farm where little drops make an ocean

Staff recruitment, supervision and monitoring is important. Engage staff you can trust. The management i.e who manages the farm is a crucial factor to success in Nigeria because if you put all the factors in place but have incompetent, untrustworthy staff in charge, the farm may fail.

John Ayodele