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CAUSES OF EARLY CHICK MORTALITY

chicksA) Effect of high brooding temperature

High brooding temperature causes the following problems:

Dehydration:
The body of young chicks comprises of about 70 % water, when temperature remains continuously high, it causes loss of water from the body, when this water loss reaches about 10% the chick die due to dehydration.

Pasting:
This is another problem of high brooding temperature in which feces become stacked around the vent area causing blockage of the vent which ultimately results in death.

B) Effect of low brooding temperature

Low brooding temperature causes the following problems:

Chilling or brooding pneumonia:
Temperature below normal causes pneumonia problem in young chicks, in which the colour of lungs become blue.

Smothering:
During low temperature chicks huddle together to maintain body temperature which results in smothering and death.

>Prevention of temperature problems:
To prevent the problems of dehydration, pasting, chilling and smothering we should adjust the brooding room temperature 24 hours before putting the chicks in the brooding room and during the brooding period. Try to maintain the normal temperature throughout the brooding period and brooding areas. (more…)

  Jeremy Riro   Jun 23, 2016   Uncategorized   0 Comment Read More

Poultry Management Tips During The Rainy Season

The rainy skuku kienyejieason is one that is not as good for you and me as it is for poultry. With the onset of rains and the catastrophic events accompanied by it then arises precautionary measures. Just like you and I would wish to continue benefiting from the stock of poultry so does t
he poultry themselves clutch close to each other and hope for sunny days ahead. But before it gets sunny and a few birds sold or left to go the “natural” way what then are some of the considerations for farmers to take up or be aware of during the rainy season.

Housing Management

As the cool weather has already crept in the farmer, have to put in place special considerations. One of which is the shelter from the rain that is the need to have coops that are of the average considerations to prevent birds from being rained on. This can be in the coops as well as shelter areas for emergency situations. There is a need to ensure that the birds have a place to get away from the rain. Chicken too do not like the hard rains and would prefer to be under cover. As a farmer, you have to take measures to have roosts so that birds do not sleep on wet grounds. Temperature is not much of consideration to the health of mature birds except when this gets to a freezing point. However, the young ones should be under controlled temperatures. Litter management should be an area of concern during wet seasons. As the continuous turning and shaking of litter once a week is advisable. There is a need for the litter to be dry to and once it gets wet to be changed immediately. Wet litter promotes microbial growth that can be harmful to the birds in addition to producing toxic gasses not conducive to poultry health. The spraying of germicides and bactericidal sprays is essential in keeping diseases at bay. (more…)

  Jeremy Riro   May 20, 2016   Uncategorized   0 Comment Read More

Empowering women bound to accelerate Kenya’s prosperity

By: People Daily

Ms A. MohamedAmina Mohamed and Siddharth Chatterjee

When US President Barack Obama visited Kenya last year, one of the poignant messages he delivered was a call to communities to shun cultures that degrade women and girls.

“Imagine if you have a team and don’t let half of the team play. That makes no sense,” he said, referring to denying women opportunities to fully participate in development.

The President’s message could not have been more pertinent, coming as it did when the country is thinking how to reap a ‘demographic dividend’ – or boost in economic productivity – from its declining fertility rate and growing youthful population.

This occurs if the number of people in the workforce increases relative to the number of dependents. Countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong also called the “Asian Tigers” lifted millions out of poverty by lowering dependency ratio. (more…)

  Jeremy Riro   Feb 04, 2016   Uncategorized   0 Comment Read More

Kenchic Inn brand set to end with termination of franchise rights

By: Business Daily

The ubiquitous Kenchic Ikenchicknn name is set to disappear from city streets after the poultry company behind it terminated franchise agreements with about 30 fast-food restaurants that use it across the country in a bid to protect its brand.
The firm has announced that all “Kenchic Inn” restaurants should cease using the name as from March 31, explaining that this move is informed by a strategic decision to concentrate on its core business.

Kenchic, in a statement to its franchisees, said it had decided to exit the agreement “due to Kenya’s rapidly evolving local fast food market”.

International fast-food chains such as Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Subway and Pizza Hut have recently opened shop in Kenya, offering an expanded market for Kenchic whose core business is to hatch and sell chicken.

The franchisees are accused of disregarding quality standards at their restaurants, which Kenchic feared would impact negatively on its brand and possibly hurt its sales. (more…)

  Jeremy Riro   Feb 04, 2016   Uncategorized   0 Comment Read More

Women Economic Empowerment

kuku“An old Ghanian proverb says “Educate a man and you educate one person; educate a woman and you educate the nation!”. At Kuku Kienyeji Farm we firmly believe that by empowering women economically, we are indeed empowering the whole community economically. Women are not only the best custodians of wealth in our societies, but the best stewards who ensure the wealth is equitably distributed to cater for all social-economic needs of the family unit including nutrition, healthcare, education, savings & investment as well as other development projects at the micro-economic level.

You can always trust an economically empowered mother to improve the living standards of her family now and invest for a brighter future for her children, hence helping in reducing poverty today and sustainably creating wealth for our future generations. That is why we are committed to economically empowering our mothers in rural communities and urge other young men in Africa to join us in the good course to end poverty and create wealth sustainably in Africa.” – Kuku Kienyeji Farm, Kenya.

  Jeremy Riro   Feb 04, 2016   Quote   0 Comment Read More

Introducing Kuku Kienyeji Farms

kkfHaving been born and raised in rural Kenya, we identified the challenges that women in our rural communities face in their daily struggles to earn a basic income and fend for their families. In every homestead in our rural communities there were and still there are free-range chicken being raised by our mothers. These chicken are reared as a source of food for the family or for sale in order to get some income and buy basic household necessities, pay hospital bills and school fees among many other expenses.

However, individual rural women practicing free-range chicken farming in Kenya are incapacitated in their efforts to grow their poultry businesses by 4 major challenges including: lack of access to quality farm inputs, agribusiness knowledge, financing and market linkages. These limitations condemn them to subsistence farming practices that contribute to the vicious cycle of extreme poverty in our rural communities.

We are changing this status quo by economically empowering our mothers in the rural communities to transition from subsistence to commercial poultry farming. We believe that by economically empowering women in our rural areas through agribusiness; we are directly empowering the whole society and the trickle down effect will contribute directly or indirectly to the achievement of 11 of the 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals in our rural communities. (more…)

  Jeremy Riro   Feb 03, 2016   Blog   6 Comments Read More