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Poultry Farming: Which Type of Chicken is the Best to Start With?   Leave a comment

The fastest way to make money or to recoup your investment in poultry farming is through broiler chicken farming. Broilers are for meat production and are reared for 5-7-12 weeks. At 5-7 weeks, you can sell them to eateries and fast food companies.

The chicken business that will provide you with steady cash flow, daily income over a longer period of time and the more lucrative is layer farming for egg production. However, layer farming is more stressful and more capital intensive than broiler farming. You will rear layers for up to 18- 20-22 weeks before egg production starts and you will maintain them for another 15-18 months on the farm.

If you are supplying broilers to a fast food company, then you must have the financial resources to produce in thousands and regularly too. If you have a small budget, you can rear about 50-100 broilers in your backyard at home and sell at 12 weeks. You can rear them to target a festive period such as Christmas where demand is higher.

If you are rearing a small flock for Christmas, you should start by mid-September to first week October and by mid-December, they are ready for sale. Then start selling from December 23 to January 1st.This is the period you can get the best possible prices. Endeavor to sell all by January 1 because, by the following day, January 2nd the prices may crash when demand falls.

If price crashes below your cost of production and you continue to feed the birds, that means you are making a loss. This means that you should produce what you can sell and have to put in extra effort to locate your own market. With good farm management, feeding techniques and marketing strategy, 100% profit is assured.

In the layer farming business, once your chickens have commenced egg production, look for 2 egg retailers to tell within or outside your neighborhood. Within few days or weeks, you will see a stream of customers whom you did not tell knocking on your door asking for eggs. The market for eggs is very large.

The third type, the cockerel chicken reared for meat production goes through the same rearing processes as the layers and broilers. The three types have different vaccination schedules. The cockerel is a more rugged bird than the layers and broilers and can survive many odds much better than the others if properly vaccinated from inception.

But some do not rear cockerels because they take too long to mature for sale (about 5-6 months) and if you sell in an off season you may make a loss, selling below cost of production. Timing of the sale matters, take note.

If you are rearing a few broilers and cockerel as a backyard farmer, it is advised that you target a festival period where demand will be high and you can get good prices that will fetch you a clean profit.
The chicken farming business is real good business.

Then, it is not as easy as it seems. It is a sensitive business but the risk is manageable. It requires hard work and prompt attention to details. For example, to do well in broiler farming, there are about four main challenges you must solve to have smooth farming operations.
John Ayodele


Poultry Farming: Read the Top Eleven Best Patronized Articles on My Blog   1 comment

Poultry farming is one of the most viable small scale businesses in Nigeria that has a large and guaranteed market. And it is a growing market with room for new entrants. The poultry business especially the layers chicken aspect for egg production is far from saturation.

The links and titles of some of the best patronized blog posts are stated below. Click on the links to access the contents. (Poultry Farming in Nigeria: Are you still in doubt?) (The Easier Way to Set up Your Farm)  (Unique Basic Reports for Starters)
‎ (How to identify Chickens That Will Not Lay Any Eggs) (Profitability Analysis in MS Excel Format) (Testimony of a Man who Used This Blog to Set up a Farm) (How to Lose Money in the Business without Knowing) (Poultry Farming in Nigeria: A Goldmine) (Realistic Income Arithmetic) (Advantages of using Battery Cages) (How to Formulate Feed For Your Chickens)
John Ayodele

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

Poultry Farming: Some Reasons Why You May Not Be Able to Do It   4 comments

I want you to know that this business is for everyone who can do what is required to operate the business. This business is simple but not easy.
Simple in the sense that its processes and techniques are well laid out and straight forward.Not easy in the sense that it requires a meticulous application of the processes and techniques to work the chicken business. Once you understand the workings of this business,and can diligently apply them, you will make money steadily from season to season…Guaranteed!

This business is not for you if you belong to the following classes:
1) If you want a short cut route to riches. Do not come into this business thinking that you can put in N50,000.00 this week and reap N500,000.00 next week. That mindset certainly will not work.
2) If you are lazy because this business is hard work.If you are a lazy person, please invest your money elsewhere.
3) If you are the one who hates seeking knowledge. Knowledge drives this business and without having the right knowledge, you may lose out. Without knowledge, it means that you are gambling in the business.
4) If you have a nonchalant attitude to details.The chicken business is largely composed of details which the farmer must pay attention to, no matter how minute the detail.

This business is for:
1) Those who can pay attention to details, no matter how minute.
2) Those who have energy to do what is required.
3) Those who have the common sense to know what is required and do what is required at the right time i.e. promptness.

John Ayodele

Poultry Farming : Know This…Before You Set Up Your Farm   8 comments

Are you a Nigerian? Are you interested in Chicken Farming?

I wish to share with you my little knowledge and farm experience in Poultry Farming.This blog targets those, especially Nigerians who wish to invest in poultry farming business and who need accurate information and guidance about how to go about it.

Poultry farming is one of the most viable businesses any one can do either on a small or large scale. The bulk of Nigeria’s poultry needs is met by imports either directly or by smugglers which confirms the existence of a large market.The present high cost of chicken and eggs indicate the level of scarcity of the products. Besides the ready market awaiting the products, all the needed materials including feed and machinery are locally available here in Nigeria.

On this blog, you will be presented with sincere facts about the business, the beautiful as well as the ugly aspects of the business to give you a balanced opinion to make up your mind.You will see the two sides of the coin very clearly.

Setting up a poultry farm, the following are essential:
1) The chickens have special needs and you as a chicken farmer should be prepared to do what it takes to meet their needs.If you cannot, better to find another business.

2)Set up and operational costs (Cost Analysis)
You need to know the start-up and operational costs of the poultry venture before you start it. Some start foolishly,then get stuck and stranded along the way.The chickens don’t listen to your stories that there is no money to feed them.You must find the money quickly else you lose the whole investment.

3) It is essential that you understand the important and essential aspects of chicken farming which work together to make a profitable farm a reality.What has been posted on this blog is only the tip of the ice in poultry farming.There is much more detail to learn to be able to do well in it.There are essential management issues about the business which must be clearly understood and not to be taken for granted

4) See the business as an investment and pay serious attention to it.

5) Understand chicken housing design and minimum floor space requirements. Get it right before you start else you are in trouble.

6) The management of the farm and the chicken stock are crucial elements. Get an informed, capable and trusted person to manage the farm. Know how to manage the stock of chickens.If you cannot, please look for another less sensitive business.

John Ayodele