|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|
25. In several areas animal husbandry centres and services are
carrying out what is called cock distribution. The village cocks are taken away
and replaced by cocks of good breeds.
As you know, the qualities of an animal's father and mother are passed on to their young.
The qualities of a cock of good breed and the quality oat a hen of local breed are passed on to their chicks.
Thus the chicks born of a cock of good breed and a hen of local breed are Improved poultry.
The male chickens must be sold or eaten.
Then another cock has to be bought next year and mated again to hens of the first cross.
After that the new breed can reproduce itself without further introduction of cocks.
26. Cock distribution is a quick way to get a better product for eating and selling.
It costs the farmer little - the price of the male, the cost of the vaccination and some improvement in the poultry shed, better feeders and drinkers, which he can make from scrap material.