When I started telling this story seven or so months ago, I wasn’t too sure how it would end. I had hoped to tell an exciting story, a story that starts with ambition, hope and hard work and ends with rewards and unmeasurable satisfaction. I had wanted to write a good story.
You see, before I ventured into chicken farming, I had evaluated it many times, worked out the numbers, written a business plan and even attended a full day training. I felt ready and every bone in me scremt, ‘It’s about time’. So I dived into it, got my 300 KARI (KALRO ) chic’s and just like that I had started the long journey to farmer hood.
Today ladies and gentlemen, I done the farmer John hat, I have joined the small group of individuals who take up the responsibility of feeding an ever growing population hoping to make a coin doing so.
At around 5:30pm, on a day towards the end of March (not quite sure about the date), the first eggs were laid at the farm. It’s a pity I wasn’t there when this happened, I would have loved to be the one to collect the first few eggs, never mind that they were only two on that first day. I was at work(Formal employment) dealing with everyday work things when my farm hand called to deliver the good news, I was so ecstatic, kinda like how footballers feel when they score a goal, so I jumped off my seat, dashed to the water dispenser and did a celebratory jig. A polite one, nothing too extreme, just enough to make sure I kept my job a while longer. And when I was done, I adjusted my tie, looked around if anyone had witnessed this moment of madness and proceeded to sit my ass down.
Today, I’m doing a good number of eggs a day. From my calculations, im at around 70% hatching rate and to be frank, that is not too bad a number. But the process has not been without challenges, from diseases to unreliable employees to fake feeds, we have had to constantly adopt to make sure that we stay in line with our goals. Diseases in particular was a problem during the early days and those who have been following this series will recall that I lost a good number of chics to gumboro disease and this has tampered with my plans abit. I am now in the process of expanding my flock to get back on track.
Diseases occurrence have been few and far apart since then. I recently encountered a problem where some hens developed swellings around the eye that eventually led to blindness. I had initially thought that they had somehow gotten hurt but dismissed the theory when two other hens showed similar symptoms. Turns out this was as a result of respiratory problems. Interesting huh?
Anyway, all in all, its been great for me. The feeling of fulfillment as a farmer is second to none, I quit cant explain it but trust me it is all worth your while.
So, iv been thinking of how best to tell this story and after much deliberation I figured pictures speak louder than words. Below I have pictures and hopefully it tells the story as well as I would like it to. From building the houses, to fencing to getting the chics, growth and finally eggs. Not forgetting diseases in between. Hope you enjoy!
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I will be writing a second articles for those looking to venture into poultry farming containing things iv learnt so far so be on the look out.
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