|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|
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.