Date: Saturday, 25th November 2017

Time: 9.30am - 4.30 pm

Venue: Homerange Ruaka Poultry Farm, along Limuru road - Ruaka Town.

Deadline for Booking and Registration:
23rd November 2017.

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Differences Between Poultry Breeds  

For a farmer new to poultry farming, making the right choice in selecting the breed to rear is the key factor in determining whether your investment will be profitable or will go down the drain!

In Kenya and generally within the Eastern African region, the following are the common Kienyeji chicken breeds available in the market:-

• Kari Improved Kienyeji chicken
• Kuroiler improved Kienyeji Chicken
• Kenbro Kienyeji chicken
• Rainbow Rooster chicken

All the above breeds have been hailed as Kienyeji chicken in Kenya. The key question however then for an ordinary farmer is….which breed should they choose / keep and why?

Often, most farmers when they are starting out rely on information available on social blogs, various social media platforms e.g. on Facebook, non-expert advice from friends and family and in some cases also depend on a chick vendor / agrovet for advice. Unfortunately though, most of these sources often do not offer comparative expert advice and most farmers have ended up making meager earnings from their ventures or worse, counting heavy losses resulting from choosing the wrong breed.

We at HOMERANGE have taken a step to give expert advice on this subject matter to assist all farmers in their maiden ventures into poultry farming.


The foremost factor to be considered when choosing the Kienyeji chicken breed to keep is the intended purpose. For what purpose do you intend to keep the chicken? Is it for meat only, eggs only or a combination of both meat and eggs?

Always choose a breed that is versatile and that can provide both meat and eggs. This assures the farmer versatility in the event that their original intended business focus fails and they have to result to a second plan. For instance, a farmer may have wanted to focus on producing eggs for sale, only to realize that the demand for eggs within their locality is low, while the demand for meat is higher. In such a case, where the breed kept is dual-purpose i.e. is good for both production of meat and eggs, the farmer can re-organise themselves and sell the same chicken for meat. The vice-versa is equally plausible.

The basic premise of business is to make a profit. A profit is made when a sale is made at a price higher than the cost of producing the product. With relation to poultry, a critical factor often ignored by most farmers starting out on their poultry investment dream is the cost of rearing their chicken.

Most farmers often are misled to focus on supposedly ‘high’ market price or imaginary demand for a particular breed which they rush to invest in and keep only for that breed to end of costing a lot especially in feeding and the farmer ends up with a tiny profit or worse simply breaking even. Instances do also occur where the farmers runs into a total loss!

Feeding accounts for 70 – 80% of total poultry production cost and it is thus very critical for the farmer to choose a breed that consumes the least possible but at the same time whose products fetches a high and stable market price. This is a sure recipe for profit!!

Above (Fig. 1) is a comprehensive (and factual) comparison between the poultry breeds of kari improved Kienyeji chicken, kuroiler improved Kienyeji chicken, kenbro Kienyeji chicken and rainbow rooster. The information provided herein has been computed from material and resources provided by the primary breed producers. This is to ensure the highest accuracy of the information herein provided:

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