|Better Farming Series 13 - Keeping Chickens (FAO - INADES, 1977, 48 p.)|
|How to house poultry|
37. I am a farmer:
I have very little money to spend but all the same I want to keep chickens. Then my family and I can eat more meat. I can give my children more eggs. I can sell hens and eggs and have more money.
What can I do?
I must buy as little as possible.
I shall use as much as possible what I can find in the village, such as wood, remains of food and the harvest.
I shall look after my poultry with great care.
· I choose the sue.
· I build the poultry house.
All I have to buy is a few nails, a few planks and a little netting. For the roof, the walls, the fence, and the troughs I use what I find in the village.
At the animal husbandry centre I buy chicks.
They are not sexed: there are males and females. When the chicks are two months old I separate males from females. I dispose of the males when they weigh 1 kilogramme or more.
· I vaccinate the
· I feed my poultry
with grain that I produce myself, with the remains of food and harvests, with green grass or vegetables.
· I take as food for my family
the young cocks, the eggs, hens that have ceased to lay.
· 1 sell
the cocks that my family does not eat, the eggs that my family does not eat, the rejected hens that my family do" not eat.