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close this bookBetter Farming Series 13 - Keeping Chickens (FAO - INADES, 1977, 48 p.)
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close this folderSmall livestock farming in the villages
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View the documentLittle work but yields little
View the documentChicken farming must be improved
View the documentThe animal husbandry services help
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View the documentTraditional types of poultry
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View the documentGood cocks must be selected
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View the documentImproved breeds
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View the documentPoultry need good feed
close this folderHow poultry make use of food and water
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View the documentEnergy feeds
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View the documentSpecial needs of chicks, laying hens, and table poultry
close this folderHow to protect poultry against disease
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close this folderHow to house poultry
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close this folderThe brooder
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View the documentHow to choose and look after hens to produce chicks
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Good hens must be selected

27. The hens of Improved breeds

Those that come from foreign countries make better use of their feed than the local hens do.

They grow quickly, become fat, yield a lot of meat and produce many big eggs.

28. If a farmer decides to feed his local hens well he will not earn much money and will not get much meat.

A local hen grows fat very slowly, uses a lot of feed and uses it badly.

On the other hand, a chicken of improved breed needs only 3 to 5 kilogrammes of feed from its birth to the day when it can be sold or eaten.

29. You get more meat and you earn more money by feeding well a hen of Improved breed than a local breed of hen.

30. The animal husbandry centres and services have selected the improved breeds of hen with good resistance to diseases, and well adapted to the climate.

It is best to buy these hens from the animal husbandry centres and services.