|Better Farming Series 13 - Keeping Chickens (FAO - INADES, 1977, 48 p.)|
|Small livestock farming in the villages|
|Little work but yields little|
|Chicken farming must be improved|
|The animal husbandry services help|
|How to choose poultry|
|Traditional types of poultry|
|To improve poultry|
|Good cocks must be selected|
|Good hens must be selected|
|Good chicks must be selected|
|How to feed poultry|
|To feed poultry well is important and difficult|
|Poultry need good feed|
|How poultry make use of food and water|
|Body- building feeds: proteins|
|Special needs of chicks, laying hens, and table poultry|
|How to protect poultry against disease|
|Preventing poultry from getting ill|
|Main diseases of poultry|
|How to house poultry|
|How to build a poultry house|
|Drinking troughs and fountains|
|How to choose and look after hens to produce chicks|
|Here is an example|
|Suggested question paper|
How to build a poultry house
You will need:
5 poles, 4 metres
9 poles, 2.5 metres
2 poles, 8
8 poles, 3 metres
1 pole, 3.5 metres 70 laths for the roof 17 mats Hay or straw
for thatching Poultry wire netting, 22 metres One roll of wire Fittings for the
door 300 mud bricks Sand Nails, 6 kilogrammes Inside all poultry houses put
feeding troughs and drinking founts.
If you want to raise chicks, put in brooders.
If you want to raise laying hens, put in nests.
Floor plan Horizontal poles
c 2 poles, 8 m
f 8 poles, 3 m
d 2 poles, 6 m
g 1 pole, 3.5 m
e 3 poles, 4 m
Plan of roof construction
79. You can build the poultry house that was described without
spending much money.
You make the walls of earth with wooden posts or with clay
You can make the roof with straw or with big leaves, or even
with old sheet iron.
The ground of the poultry house must be well firmed. You can
also cover it with concrete.
80. The poultry house must be built
Near the farmer's own
Because he has to go to the poultry house several times a day.
On dry ground
Damp ground is dangerous for poultry, which get diseases as a
If the ground slopes, you must dig a ditch all round the poultry
house to get rid of rain water.
Sheltered from sun and wind
You must build the poultry house in such a way that during the
greatest heat it is sheltered from the sun, so that, in the evening when the
heat is less strong, the sun can shine in.
Orient the ridge from east to west.
During the rainy season put mats and branches on the sides of
the poultry house to prevent the rain and wind from getting in.
For 50 hens
The poultry house can be: 4 metres wide x 4 metres long x 2
For 100 hens
The poultry house would be: 6 metres wide x 6 metres long x 2
Do not make solid walls more than 0.5 metre high. Close the
remainder of the space with wire netting or bamboo