Poultry Farming in Kenya
The first thing that catches your eye when you arrive at Leamose Poultry Farm is a flock of multi-coloured indigenous chicken darting joyously from side to side inside a wire mesh fenced compound.That’s when one wants to try poultry farming.
The farm at Kabiruini village near the Nyeri showground and Dedan Kimathi University of Technology belongs to Leah Muthoni who crossbreeds indigenous chicken with exotic ones to improve productivity.
Leah likes the crossbreed chickens because they are resistant to diseases and mature faster than the local Kienyeji chicken.
We found Leah this week in a green apron cleaning the water traps inside one of the chicken cages while feeding them with maize germ.
She directs one of her farm workers to lead us in.
“Cleanliness is what has ensured my chickens do not contract diseases easily,” she tell us.
Leah is keeping over 200 indigenous mature chickens after she sold more than 500 others over the last holidays.
She supplies the eggs and sells the mature birds to hotels and various supermarkets in Nyeri town. She also sells chicks to other farmers who come from as far away as Laikipia, Meru, and Kirinyaga.
The farmer went into poultry farming in 2013, with six Kienyeji chickens.