Poultry farming in Kenya is playing an important role in the total economy and fulfilling the nutrition demand in Kenya. Reports show that some people are becoming billionaires through commercial poultry farming in Kenya.
Most of the farmers of Kenya raise egg laying or broiler chicken. Raising some other domestic birds can also be seen in Kenya.
Among poultry birds, quail farming is becoming popular day by day. Some people raise poultry for family consumption and most farmers raise poultry commercial for profit.
The poultry egg consumption rate is relatively high than meat consumption in Kenya. Schools, hotels, and homes are the biggest market for poultry eggs in Kenya. In the case of meat, hotels are the major customer of chicken meat.
How to Start Poultry Farming in Kenya
You can start poultry farming in Kenya by keeping in mind both local and international markets. If you don’t want to spend money on buying poultry products then you can go with small-scale poultry farming in Kenya.
But for commercial production, you have to focus on the marketing of your products. You can target large hotels, and companies and also export to foreign countries for marketing your products.
Farming Methods For Starting Poultry Farming in Kenya
Poultry farming in Kenya can be done by using two methods and those are organic and inorganic. Both organic and inorganic methods are used for commercial poultry farming in Kenya.
There is high competition between these two types of poultry farmers. There are some poultry product buying companies in Kenya that are not accepting inorganic poultry products (meat and eggs).
Some health-conscious people are rejecting all types of inorganic foods including poultry eggs and meat. This is resulting in a little drop in inorganic poultry farming in Kenya.
Good Breeding Is Important
In Kenya, broiler and layer poultry are used for commercial meat and egg production. There are numerous world-famous meat and egg-producing poultry breeds available.
Select proper breeds according to your desired production. For commercial egg production choose highly productive layer breeds which are suitable for farming in the Kenyan environment.
Good-designed and well-facilitated poultry housing is a must for commercial poultry farming in Kenya. The housing system and design depend on the farming system and chosen poultry breeds.
But follow some instructions while building houses for all types of poultry breeds. A proper ventilation system is very urgent. This keeps the birds healthy and productive.
Make sure that your poultry house is well-ventilated. Keep proper facilities for an entrancing sufficient amount of fresh air and light inside the house.
If you want to start large-scale poultry farming, then making numerous houses will be effective. Keep about 40 feet distance from one house to another house while making numerous houses.
How To Market Your Poultry Products In Kenya
There is already a ready market available for marketing your poultry products. Small-scale farmers can easily sell their products in the local markets.
And large scale poultry farmers can try to sell their products in large hotels, companies, or in the international market.
Poultry farming has a great contribution to the economy and food demand of Kenya. The main benefits of commercial poultry farming in Kenya are that diseases are less in poultry and as a result, we don’t have to import poultry products from foreign countries. Along with gaining profit from commercial poultry farming in Kenya, we have to ensure the availability of the required food demand.