How to run a successful poultry business in Zimbabwe

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Poultry are probably the most important livestock species for many developing families worldwide. Most are kept under scavenge-based conditions, where their small size and ability to survive on minimal inputs make their management an easy activity for any household to pursue.

 Poultry is becoming increasingly important due to escalating prices of beef and pork with more consumers resorting to poultry and its products because of their relatively low prices. Poultry is also being considered as the best source of protein in the category of white meats with a lot of people being advised to consume it more than red meat for health reasons.  

 Resources required for this project depend on the scale you want to run the project. A chicken run is definitely a necessity. The fowl runs are built on a gently sloping area and well-drained ground. The structures are made up of brick, concrete floors mashed wire and asbestos roof. The doors in the fowl run have padlocks for maximum security.

Other resources required are a good supply of clean water or protected water. There is also a need for electricity supply in all the compartments in the fowl run. Adequate drinking and feeding troughs are also a necessity. Improvising on these troughs can save money but may result in a lot of chicken feed going to waste as they feed.

Depending with the level one pitch the project, there is need for a work forcewith at least one person holding a certificate in agriculture. I will be coordinating a poultry workshop in December. For more information, subscribe to this blog and send me an email. The availability of such skilled work force is one of the greatest strengths of the proposed poultry production project. 

 

Requirements

Requirements Cost Comments Total cost
1.2 tonnes of chicken feed (1/3 starter and 2/3 finisher) $25/50kg starter

$22/50finisher

1 chicken consumes 4kg to finish( 1kg and 3kg finisher)

250*4=1000kg of feed (250kg starter + 750kg finisher) $500
A monthly batch of 250 chicks at $80/100 chicks 200.00

$90/100 chickens

  $200 + transport
Disinfectants 5 litres – $11 Disinfect the main chicken run 1-2weeks prior to transfer of the chickens into the run $25 + cleaning equipment
Lighting material 14.00 Use infra red lamps for both heating and lighting $14
Fly traps

 

15.00 Control flies at every stage of growth $15
Security fencing 100.00   Depends on size
Water treatment tablets  

 

   
Labour      
      Grand total is

$754/250chickens

 

The operational framework is a periodisation of the management activities of the chicken project

  • During the week of feed change mix starter: finisher ratios as follows day1-4:1, day2-3:1, day3-2:1, day4-1:1, day5-finisher
  • Use vitamins packs prior to or after every operation that stresses the birds e.g. movement, sudden temperature change, erratic lighting e.t.c.
  • The operational framework assumes 94% efficiency, provided the mortality rate maybe 6%
  • Loan repayment can be achieved after the 3rd batch

 

Basic drug box

  • Vitamin stress pack
  • Terramycin
  • Terranox
  • ESB3
  • Oxytetracycline
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    • Reuben Thebe
    • March 12, 2014
    Reply

    THANX FOR THE ARTICLE. I NEED TRAINING.IAM IN NYAMANDLOVU.

    1. Reply

      Do you need training in chickens or potatoes?

        • Sharon Gwizo
        • October 27, 2015
        Reply

        Ellen panganai

        Ineed training. How long is the course

    • business minded
    • March 31, 2014
    Reply

    hi very helpful i need training on poultry farming.

    1. Reply

      We are in the process of arranging training before June. We will keep you posted

    • nyasha
    • June 27, 2014
    Reply

    hey guys.anyone who is looking for land to make this poultry production a dream come true, pliz contact me on 0735 332 622

    • happy
    • August 2, 2014
    Reply

    @Nyasha been trying to reach with no success (0027738205681 whatsapp)

    • Richard Sibanda
    • August 29, 2014
    Reply

    Having gathered a few tips from the recent Harare Agricultural show, I have decided to start a small poultry project but wish to gain more information. How can access training part time before I embark on this project? My contact is +263773674111 or the email address above.

    • Juliet Muchabaiwa
    • November 6, 2014
    Reply

    I would like to attend the December training. Kindly furnish me with the information.

    • Trymore Chafutuka
    • November 7, 2014
    Reply

    I need to start a small poultry project but wish to gain more information. How can l access training part time before I embark on this project? My contact is +263772370762 or the email address above.

    • Lloyd Kunonga
    • January 4, 2015
    Reply

    Can i have a project proposal for basic infrastructure and requirements for a poultry project for 500 birds

    • kays
    • February 6, 2015
    Reply

    wanna start poultry with 50 bird so i need to know what is required and how much it could cost mi to carry out that project my cell 0774320485

    • ED
    • February 20, 2015
    Reply

    l have made up my mind to start small poultry business with 100 birds and would love assistance on how to go about it. If there is also poultry farming training let me know.

    1. Reply

      Great. I will send you an email explaining how we work

    • Israel Negumbwe
    • February 24, 2015
    Reply

    Hi,I just want to find out how much money do I have to save to start a poltry business

    1. Reply

      how many do you want to start with and do you have structures already? DO you want layers, road runners or broilers?

    • Bandura Ian
    • March 10, 2015
    Reply

    guys i rily want to commerce a small business in poultry farming which i think will expand in future given a chance

    • liz kaitano
    • April 9, 2015
    Reply

    Would like to be trained on poultry rearing. When &where is the next course.

    • Davison Masaiti
    • April 23, 2015
    Reply

    I would like to start a poultry project of 1000 birds(broilers) , how big should the fowl run be, or whats the maximum number per each fowl run. I would also want to know the quantities of feed i would need to use up to the time the birds are mature for slaughter

    • Simbarashe kufa
    • April 29, 2015
    Reply

    Hi Mr, how much space do i need for a 250 birds structure. Can you also give me the cost to grow the 250 birds. Give me a seperate cost for road runners and broilers please.

      • Etwell Maphosa
      • June 7, 2015
      Reply

      looking for partner(s) or investor in a poultry project. Bought a property with poultry infrastructure along the Byo-Harare highway. project capacity is 16 000 birds

        • Sharon Gwizo
        • October 27, 2015
        Reply

        m interested my email address is elliemaibnyoni@gmail.com

    • ngoni chigasa
    • June 7, 2015
    Reply

    need information about layers rearing

    • Tawanda
    • June 29, 2015
    Reply

    Thanx a lot. May you pliz help me with information on road runners. I want to start with 200 birds

    • Lilian Kanyumbu
    • July 13, 2015
    Reply

    Hie i am looking for information on birds commonly known as (zvihuta). i would like to start a project on those.

    • mgcini cele
    • July 26, 2015
    Reply

    hey guys i nid a place wher i can hatch my eggs pls help im in bulawayo my contact is 0716919550/0771013815

    • jones
    • October 21, 2015
    Reply

    i ned start a pig project ,help m w info n wat z needed t start

    • Elisha Njambilo
    • November 4, 2015
    Reply

    I would like to start a poultry project at my home area.I need to start with 1000 broilers and 1000 layers. What is the budget?

    • abel masarirevu
    • November 16, 2015
    Reply

    yeaaa that was a gud n powerful lay out but i realy want to know more it has been my dream

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