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Chicken farming is a profitable but sensitive business. Many Nigerians are scared to venture into this business despite the facts that it can be lucrative if well managed; has a stable demand pattern; has no cultural or religious taboos affecting it and has a large guaranteed market. The common fear is high mortality rates. That is now a fear based largely on ignorance. The business has much developed that starters are now doing it with very low mortality rates and smiling to the bank.
No one will tell you that one of the sensitives and secrets to success in chicken farming in Nigeria is that you must limit the influx of persons into your chicken farm to the very barest minimum. Those going in there must be strictly limited to persons who have business doing in it.Your chicken farm is not an excursion site or tourist center for visitors to come visiting like a zoo.
Allowing every Tom, Dick and Harry access into the farm especially the chicken pen sections can have a negative impact on the fortunes of the farm. Apart from being a disease control violation, there are other dangers that can impact negatively which i cannot state here.That is street knowledge not available in any book. Just get it clear that a chicken farm is not a zoo where all manner of visitors come for fun.
If you have a layers chicken farm, you must take this warning very seriously. As much as possible, do not allow even the customers for eggs to come into the chicken pen area. Make it strictly ‘Out of Bounds to Non-Staff’. You can set up a farm office elsewhere where you take the eggs to, for the customers to buy. It could be a rented store in another location.
A word is enough for the wise! Wisdom is the principal thing, apply it with tact.
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This is the 36th post on this informative poultry blog for set up to encourage Nigerians to venture into poultry farming business and to do it with the barest minimum upset.
If you are looking for a viable business, which products are in high demand in Nigeria, recession-proof and guaranteed with a large in-exhaustible market, please go for layers chicken farming and you will not regret it…Guaranteed!
The guarantee is largely based on knowing what to do and doing it rightly, diligently and meticulously.
One of the posts below, the 34th post is the story of Mr. Michael, a UK based Nigerian who came across this blog in 2013. He read the whole blog and then acquired the available reports. Then on the strength of the information gathered on the blog, both free posts and the blog manuals, he set up a 2000 bird layers chicken farm in the Ikorodu axis in Lagos State and the farm is thriving today. Yet he is still resident in the UK. And a starter for this matter!
In November 2014, i visited the farm on his invitation and was highly impressed with what i saw. There are about 2000 layers chickens in battery cages in a flushing system chicken pen that are recommended on this blog. The farm is in a rural part which is a perfect setting for the business.There is a farm house on site and a borehole. There are experienced farm attendants who have passion and interest in chickens. And he has a trusted and capable farm manager in charge of the farm in his absence. The eggs produced are attractive good sized eggs. The farm operations runs well and the chickens in top rate health.
An error that i observed and notified the farm for immediate correction was the absence of a disinfected foot bath at the entrance of the chicken pen. This is a disease control measure, very important that should not be neglected!
He did very little marketing and the farm was flooded by egg vendors looking for eggs to buy. He was surprised how they knew he had a farm in that locale. That is the nature of the layers chicken farming business.The customers come looking for you to buy eggs from you, not you looking for them to buy from you. They will find you out wherever your farm is hidden!
He is not the only testimony that this blog has produced.I assure you that if you follow this blog and apply its guides diligently and meticulously, you cannot miss your way in the business. Do not listen to all those discouraging stories you hear about the poultry business. Most of them are based on hearsay and are false. Some of those speaking evil about the business have not even done it.
If Mr Michael based in the UK has not regretted; if Mr Muyiwa also in Ikorodu has not regretted;If Mr Usman in Kano has not regretted;if Madam Ngozi in Kebbi has not regretted; if Ifiok and Christopher in Akwa Ibom have not regretted setting up their chicken farms based on this blog information, how can you regret if you do what they did the right way? There are more testimonies besides the above. Many are published in the link below:
Chicken farming is one of the most viable businesses in Nigeria yet one of the most dreaded because of the mostly false stories paraded about it by mostly ignorant persons. The market is guaranteed in Nigeria and the products are in demand any day.In fact the supply is below the demand. You are sure of selling the eggs…guaranteed!
Consider the poultry farming business. It is sensitive anyway but the sensitivity is manageable based on the information at your disposal and your ability to apply the information at the right time. The business is simple, but not easy. Simple because its processes are straight forward but not easy because the processes require meticulous and diligent application. If you are lazy or expecting overnight riches, this is not the business for you!
Warning: If you cannot give the chickens the level of attention required, or cannot put in place the personnel who can give the level of attention required, please do not do the business. Rather, go open a business like a book store, car shop or cement store.
APPLY YOURSELF.GET ALL THE EDUCATION YOU CAN, BUT THEN, BY GOD DO SOMETHING.DON’T JUST STAND THERE. MAKE IT HAPPEN (LEE IACCOCA).
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This is an informative poultry blog set up mainly for Nigerians interested in the right information to do well in small poultry farming business in Nigeria. If you are looking for a viable small business to do and need solid details, create the time to read this highly acclaimed poultry blog where John Ayodele shares his little knowledge and experience.
In this post, I am presenting one of the related viable money making opportunities in the poultry industry. Frozen poultry is massively imported into Nigeria via smuggling routes. This item is contraband in the Import Prohibition List which you can confirm from the Nigerian Customs Service Website.
The fact that it is smuggled and massively consumed indicates that there is a wide gap in the local market that needs to be bridged. But the product is considered poisonous because a chemical known as formalin, normally used to preserve corpses is used to preserve the imported frozen poultry to keep it fresh till it gets to the Nigerian consumer. Formalin is a cancer causing chemical capable of causing liver and kidney diseases. Therefore, it is a dangerous chemical unsafe for human consumption.
Nigerians prefer frozen poultry for a number of reasons that border on convenience:
- It saves them the stress of slaughtering live chickens and processing them for consumption. Some are really scared of slaughtering an animal.
- Frozen poultry is easily accessible as frozen food stores exist in every residential area in Nigeria.
- Imported frozen chicken is cheaper than local frozen poultry, but more unsafe for consumption where dangerous chemicals have been used to preserve it. The local frozen poultry is more nutritious and safer but costlier. Imported frozen poultry is costlier in the long run if we consider the likely medical bills treating cancer, liver and kidney ailments that may result from consuming formalin used to preserve the product.
There is nothing bad with frozen poultry if it is properly preserved without dangerous chemicals and if it spends not longer than 6 months in the store. As a potential investor, where do you come in? You have 2 options as follows:
1) Set up a poultry farm to breed your own chickens, process them into locally produced frozen poultry and market to the consumers OR
2) Buy live chickens from farmers and process into frozen poultry for the consumers.
To invest in local frozen poultry business, you need to invest in slaughtering and De-feathering machinery, packaging and storage facilities as well as marketing strategies to convince the ignorant Nigerian to patronize your costlier, but safer and more nutritious local frozen chicken. The imported but dangerous frozen poultry costs about N700.00/kilo while the safer to consume local frozen poultry costs about N1600.00.
This is a viable money making idea for Nigerians especially the foreign based ones seeking for viable businesses to set up in Nigeria. Home based Nigerians looking for what to do in retirement can also consider this business. The unemployed Nigerian graduate, who can put on his thinking cap, can also set up in this business, starting small.
Some facts are sure: Nigeria has no business importing frozen poultry which can easily be produced at home to provide employment and create wealth for her citizens. Nigeria has no business importing poisonous poultry meat that increase the numbers of cancer, liver and kidney patients in the long run.
The market is shifting to local frozen meat processing as there is a huge gap to bridge in the market.Do your research to confirm what i am saying here and set up if you can.The local frozen meat production is the business of the future for foresighted investors who can key into it now
This is the 33rd post on this highly acclaimed poultry blog set up for the benefit of Nigerians interested in small chicken farming business and who need to have the right details.If you are a Nigerian and seeking for the information that works in the business, then you are welcome to http://www.johnayodele.wordpress.com.
I received the mail below from Mr Micheal,a UK based Nigerian who used this blog resources to set up a 2200 layers chicken farm in the Ikorodu axis in Lagos State in Nigeria.He wrote:
Good day Mr Ayodele,
How are you today and hope all is well with you and the family?
I just want to inform you about the good news with regards to my poultry which started operation in November 2013. Also to thank you for all the advice you gave before I started the poultry. May God continue to bless you and increase your wisdom, in the poultry industry.
I started with 2244 day old chicks and till date , we only have 23 mortality which I’m so happy about. The chickens will be put in the cage next week and hope fully will soon start laying the golden eggs. Although its cash intensive but it is worth it, if it’s done properly because it needs somebody that is very hard working and ready to put in the effort.
Once again a big thank you for your advice and also the poultry reports were very useful for a new comer like me. I will send some pictures to show the development from day old chicks to now.
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But do not stop there.
This is one of the loaded posts on this highly acclaimed,informative poultry blog set up for Nigerians interested in poultry farming business,who need the right information that will set them on the right path,with minimum upset and with smiles on their faces.If you are new here,i advise you to create the time and the patience to read,study and digest all the posts on this blog if you are a Nigerian really interested in chicken farming business.
Poultry Farming is one of the viable businesses that anyone can do starting at a small scale.It is true that many of the unemployed Nigerians have no access to capital required to set up a business.It is true that some of the commercial banks are not willing to finance agricultural ventures especially chicken farming.
A bank known as the Bank of Agriculture,owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria is giving out loans to genuine farmers who can prove their genuineness.The F.G.N has provisioned N200 Billion as loans to farmers and the steps to access the loan are straight forward if you are a genuine person with genuine intentions.If you are an unemployed Nigerian graduate looking for paid employment,pay attention to this post and take a step of faith to key into it.
The steps to obtain the loan are as follows:
1) Locate the office of the Bank of Agriculture that covers the area or local government area where your farm is situated and open an account with the bank with a minimum deposit of N3000.00
2) For the ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) requirements, you must present your NEPA Bill which confirms your place of residence + any of the approved means of identification such as International Passport, Drivers License, National Identity Card or Voters Registration Card.
3) Other requirements are:
Complete and signed account form
Complete and signed mandate card
Present 4 passport photographs of yourself
4) You must run and operate the account for at least 3 -6months before applying for the loan. Do not think that you can just open the account, abandon it and show up after 6 months for the loan. The loan is not the usual national cake and the bank, newly repositioned, is not fooled. If you play that old game, the bank will doubt your integrity and commitment to repay the loan if granted and that means you may not get it.
Running and operating the loan means that you make it an active account. This means making sure that you save money and withdraw from the account on a regular basis. The bank wants to see that there are transactions going on in the account. Therefore, you should make regular deposits and withdrawals on the account during the 6 month period to create an active relationship that makes the bank have confidence in you.
5) You must have an existing farm, at a fixed location and the farm must have its record of operations and activities on a daily basis neatly kept. The era of armchair farmers/political farmers/farms of no fixed address/classroom farmers are over. The bank will visit your farm for inspection when you apply for the loan.
6) The bank will check what you have on ground; see how far you have gone; what the loan is required for, and ensure that the loan is appropriate for what it is required. The bank wants to know whether you have an adequate knowledge of your area of farming business. You must be able to demonstrate the practical hands-on experience in your area of farming. The bank wants to know whether you have a project you are working on and the fund requirements. And within a month of the inspection, the loan will be approved if the bank is satisfied.
You can obtain a loan of N250,000.00 from the Bank of Agriculture without any collateral.With this amount,you can set up a small backyard chicken business that will pay more than the elusive salary job you are seeking. Some graduates earn N15,000.00 monthly in the name of earning a salary.What a pity!I will show you how to go about setting up a small chicken business with as low as N250,000.00.
One Mr Christopher,a graduate based in Akwa Ibom State,following this blog, started with 87 day old broilers and with a budget of N70,000.00. He lost only 3 of them and sold the remaining 84 at 7 weeks old for N1000.00 each. He made a neat profit.He is now looking for land to buy to do it on a larger scale.
What are you waiting for?
Get the location ready and put it into preparation before inviting the bank for inspection.
Then, go open an account with the Bank of Agriculture and operate it as required for at least 6 months.Make an estimate of the farm’s fund requirements and get it ready before applying for the loan.
If you need an idea about the funding requirements to set up a small chicken farm, the poultry reports on this blog has the full details. Look for Report Number 4: Costing Analysis
This is the 27th post on this poultry blog for the benefit of Nigerians interested in chicken farming business.You are advised to read,study and digest all the posts on this blog if you want to succeed in the business and do it without tears.
Here, i am discussing culling.I will also discuss a tested formulation that greatly reduces mortality in chickens. Culling is the removal of underdeveloped and unproductive chickens from the flock. You see, a few chickens may not develop and you keep feeding them.Some may not produce eggs and you keep feeding them.What is the use? Are you not losing money? Culling enables you to identify them, remove them and keep them elsewhere in order to give them a chance to develop; or to sell them.Culling is an essential activity in the business.
There is a simple test you can conduct that enables you to identify a layers chicken the flock among that will not lay any eggs with a 90% accuracy.If a medical doctor can carry out tests that show that a woman is infertile and may not carry a baby in the womb,you can carry out a simple test that tells you a layers chicken will not lay any eggs.
The formula is to measure the distance between the lay-bones of the chicken. If it falls within a certain range of figures,it is certain with a 90 percent accuracy that the chicken will not lay any eggs.You can also measure the distance between the breast bone and the lay bones. If the figure falls within a specific range, it is also certain that the chicken will not lay any eggs. This exercise is rather too academic and not realistic to carry out where you have many chickens. Do not bother about it.It is not recommended as it is unnecessary.
This is the 26th post on this poultry blog created for the benefit of Nigerians who are interested in poultry farming business and need the right guidance. If this is your motive, you have come to the right place. Endeavor to read follow this blog if truly you are interested in the business.
In this post, i am discussing the factors that work the business. They are as follows:
Without money, you cannot do anything in this business and any livestock business. All the livestock businesses require money. This business is not one of those businesses that can be done without money.You need money to set up structures and to feed the chickens. But take note that your money is not what drives the business,though important. Many have burned their fingers badly who thought that money is everything the business needs.
You can use your money to even buy a mistake if you are knowledge deficient and no amount of money may correct the mistake. How one may use his money to buy a mistake has been discussed in the reports.This is one of the reasons the business is sensitive but the sensitivity is manageable.Do not be scared to come into it.How to avoid making mistakes has been discussed in all the posts and poultry reports on this blog.
Knowledge is also an important element that drives the business. What makes a poultry farmer excel above another is not the amount of money at his disposal but the wealth or quality of knowledge or information at the disposal of the farmer and ability to implement it.
Some farmers, who set up on a big scale based on the availability of funds have crashed fatally. Take note that knowledge, not money, drives the business. This blog gives you much information about the business for free. It is certain that you cannot miss your way in the business, if you are diligent and meticulous in application.
Having the money and the knowledge is not enough. Information is power but information is useless until you know it and can apply it. it is then that the power works for you. The Bible contains the truth that sets free. But it is when you read it and apply what you have read that it works in your life and sets you free. If you are ignorant of its contents,what will you apply and how will it set you free? It is written in Hosea 4:6 that ‘my people perish for lack of knowledge.’
If you have the knowledge but is careless in implementing that knowledge, then you will have useless stories to tell us about the business. In the chicken farming business, diligence (hard work) is important. The business is not for a lazy person. The farm staffs have to be up to the task because the chickens need a lot of attention. If you know that you are not ready to give them the attention required,or get capable and reliable hands to do what is required, please do not invest in it.
Courage is important in the business. When one farmer started in the business, he was a total novice and it was not a smooth ride at all. He set out with a small flock of 250 chickens that were acquired from another farmer at about 10 weeks old. After a period of eight weeks rearing them, he began to lose them and over a period of four weeks, about 160 of them died. It was then he realized his many errors. I will give full details of that first failed venture in another post.
To cut the story short until another day, he came across a consultant who sat him down, pointed his many errors to him and taught him the way forward. He advised him to start all over again and that was what he did under the consultant’s guidance. The second attempt was successful. He did 200 day olds and lost less than 20 in 12 months.The man who tried and failed is an experienced person who is better and ahead of the one who is afraid to start.Do not be afraid to start.
Where does courage come in? It comes in when you have lost money and willing to start afresh all over again. When your efforts have gone down the drain, when hopes have been dashed, yet you are undaunted and willing to start again or refuse to quit. It takes courage to stay when you are not seeing the results that you are expecting.it takes courage to set up in an environment where all you hear is that the business is difficult or impossible.
Mr Jide Makinde (see his story below) was initially scared of the business based on the negatives he had been hearing. I encouraged him to take the risk.He did take the risk and he is in the business today.His farm is at Ibadan being managed by his wife. His contact address is available on this blog. When he set up, he acted based on only 2 reports that were then available on this blog.
5) An Interest in Chickens
A sincere interest in chickens goes a long way in this business.You, the owner may have the money to set up but not the passion.What is business? In my understanding, business is the mobilization of humans and capital resources including cash and equipment for a profit motive.
An investor can invest in a terrain he has no passion in and still achieve success in it. To do that, he has to engage persons who have the interest.Why passion in chicken business? The way i understand this, it means having an interest in chickens;being at home with chickens;being comfortable in a chicken environment.
Some people are scared of chickens. Some cannot go too close to a chicken or cannot stand a chicken environment.Such are not fit for the business as farm attendants.If you are engaging farm attendants to work on your farm,give them a simple test.You must test those who will be in direct contact with the chickens,who will be working in the chicken pen. The test is in the Poultry Control Report on this blog.
if you engage a person who fails the test,the chickens will suffer as he is certainly unlikely to give them the required level of attention. Such staff may pretend in your presence (i.e. eye service) to be working, but in your absence, they will certainly not do their best.
6) The 6th factor makes all the difference and can make or mar the business whether or not you have the other 5 factors working in your favor. This factor is unquantifiable. It is your relationship with your maker,God the Father who created the heavens and the earth,the Alpha and the Omega of all things.
If God sees you as a wicked person as the Bible says in Psalms 7:11, how will your business prosper? Wicked persons in scripture are those persons who are living rebellious lives, against Scriptural guidelines. If you are such a person, how will your business prosper? We are alive today by His grace and by His mercy.Remember, it is not by our powers or prayers oh that we are alive today! Many who are more prayerful, more religious, holier than you etc have passed away and are no more.
Psalm 22:29 asks ‘Can any man keep himself alive? So, your life and the lives of the chickens are in God’s hands. We have no control over our lives and no one knows what will happen to him in the next hour, only God knows. It is better to maintain with God a pleasing relationship that can make us enjoy the many promises that he has for us in the Bible. In Deuteronomy 28:1-15, he has promised us many benefits that include long life and business success but based on conformity with His commandments. If your ways are crooked before God, make them straight quickly (Isaiah 40:4). Without conforming to God’s words, there is no true success anywhere in any life. Reconcile with your God!