Kienyeji Chicken Feed Formulation.
I mixed my own feeds for my kienyeji chicken for a while and got to learn a few things about it. I came up with this post just to share some of that information with you!
The best feed for kienyeji chicken is by far homemade kienyeji feed. Kienyeji chicken farmers should mix their own chicken feed. There is a lot of responsibility that comes with having to keep kienyeji chicken and having the right feeds is one of them. Being in control of what your chicken feed on is an important aspect in the growth of your agribusiness venture. Reliance on commercial feeds can be very costly. That is why; In this post, I am going to go through;
- contents of good homemade kienyeji chicken feed (kienyeji mash formula)
This infographic shows the ingredients required to make 70 kilograms of kienyeji feed. You however have to understand that these ingredients may vary in nutrient composition with other ingredients. The ones I have outlined are suitable for optimum growth and productivity.
This 70 kilograms may or may not be enough for you depending on your flock… so you may want to tweak up or down the quantity of each ingredient according to the total amount of feed you need in the correct ratio. Be sure to confirm.
- where to source for kienyeji feed contents
The best place to source for the kienyeji feed ingredients is from your local agro vet. Most of them may be having a few of the ingredients, if not all. Or if they may not have the ingredients, they would provide a contact person to provide the ingredients for you.
- Facebook and Whatsapp groups?
You may have seen a lot of people getting into this business of late, selling already made kienyeji chicken feed as well as the ingredients themselves on Facebook and WhatsApp. That may also be a good source for a supplier of the ingredients. However, be very careful with whomever you communicate with on these platforms. The internet and social media space has become a place for thieves to make away with farmers’ hard-earned cash.
- how to mix your homemade kienyeji chicken feed
To mix your homemade kienyeji chicken feed well, you just need to be thorough… I mean whatever system that you use to mix your kienyeji chicken feed should be done to perfection. Some of the systems of mixing kienyeji chicken feed are;
- using a spade to mix the feedback and forth in a heap.
- buying a commercial feed mixer. PS: Unless you are going commercial, those things are expensive!!!
- locally fabricated feed mixers which you can make yourself!
- how to know that your kienyeji feed is the right quality
In order for you to determine the right quality of your feed, you need to experiment on your chicken! The best approach would be to start and raise chicks from a select recipe of ingredients and see the outcome. Having different sets of birds with different recipes of feed ingredients may be labor intensive and time consuming, but it does not hurt to give it a try!
Kienyeji chicken feeding program
Having a strict feeding schedule is paramount. Be it for chicks or fully grown chicken.
Now that you have done everything from;
- knowing contents and ingredients
- where to get the ingredients
- how to mix the ingredients
- how to test the quality
- the feeding program
It is time for you now to be consistent with your feed. It can be drastic for chickens when their feed content or schedule is changed. It may cause stress to your chicken and even lead to a reduction in production.
I know we all just want to be successful in our kienyeji chicken farming ventures. I do too! Read about how i started and see if you could too!
Ever thought of having a feeding chart?
Feeding your chicken using a chart will drastically help improve the productivity of your flock. This will also give the farmer some sense of organization and a better chance for the farmer to even minimize wastage of feeds. A feeding chart will specifically draft the feed requirements of the chicken from the time it is a chick, to the time it is a pullet and finally a fully grown chicken.
The basic requirements of a feeding chart are ingredients that will be able to satisfy a balanced diet to the chicken. Starting from starch which is the main ingredient of good poultry feeds to protein and lastly vitamins. Although multivitamins tend to be used once in a while, providing your chicken with green leafy vegetables will be a great source of vitamins. Plus, vitamins provide a reasonable boost in immunity!
Read more about the Kienyeji Mash Formula.
Farmers need to have a better input in the say of what ingredients are in their kienyeji chicken feed. The best feed per se, according to the results and productivity is the commercial feeds.
Commercial feeds, depending on the manufacturing entity may or may not include a detailed description of the details and the ingredients used to create their feed. For those farmers who would like a deeper understanding of the craft of feeding, this may be a disadvantage… That is why most farmers especially broiler farmers in my area, have taken up individually sourcing for every ingredient and personally mixing them to form their own feed. But back to kienyeji chicken...
Kienyeji chicken is basically the easiest breed of chicken to feed. That basically tells you that not much is needed to feed the bird. The chicken is an indigenous breed of chicken which is naturally supposed to forage and scavenge for its own feed. However, due to the changing preferences of consumers who love pure kienyeji chicken meat, farmers are tending to keep purer kienyeji chicken, but through incorporating improved methods of feeding.
So, read more about the kienyeji mash formula because it could be the key to your next chicken success project. I say this because feeding is the largest contributor to whether a chicken business will make a profit or a loss.