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“My husband, a former police officer, then went to the bank and got me a loan of Sh400,000 with which I bought a hatchery, brooders, a water tank and water traps. I also installed electricity and constructed cages.”

She then enrolled in a poultry farming training which was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture.

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It is here that she was introduced to the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation improved kienyeji chicken, now just referred to Kari Kienyeji after the institution’s former name.

“The chickens are highly resistant to diseases and have high productivity levels in terms of egg and meat quality,” she says.

She went on and bought a number of indigenous breeds, the local Kienyeji chickens, the Kari Naivasha, the Kenbro, Kuroiler and the Dorep indigenous chickens putting them all in separate cages.

In another separate cage, Leah started cross-breeding the local Kienyeji chicken with the cocks from the Kuroiler, Dorep and Kenbro chicken breed which are known to gain weight faster than the local Kienyeji.

These improved chickens can gain weight of up to 4.5kg when mature.

Soon after the hen starts laying, the eggs are kept inside a locally made hatchery for 21 days and then the new cross-bred bird is hatched.

The chicks are then transferred to a different cage where they are fed with chick mash for seven weeks.

She then transfers them from the chicks cage to a cage where they can move freely until they are four to six months when they are ready for sale.

They can also be sold as three-week old chicks. They go for Sh150 each. The remaining chicks are then reared until three months before she allows them to mix with other chickens.

Leah says she is able to hatch over 200 chicks every month from the different breeds.

She notes just like the Improved Kari Naivasha indigenous chickens, her cross-bred indigenous chickens have very few health problems after being vaccinated and their eggs are larger than the local Kienyeji chickens.

“The fact that I am rearing indigenous chickens has made my business to thrive in a region where many prefer them to exotic ones.”

She vaccinates the chicken after every two to three months against, especially, Newcastle disease.

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54 COMMENTS

  1. Kindly give me contacts for leah muthoni the poultry farmer from nyeri near kabiruini showground. Also, how do i buy a copy of your poultry farming booklet?

    Wahome

  2. Hi I, m Rianto from Laikipia, how much does it cost me to start with 200 Kienyeji chicken?. I have enough space eg 3 acres of free space for the chicken project.

  3. I’m giks from nakuru
    Kindly assist me with how to acquire poultry farm in booklets n connecting to a farmer within for start up knowledge

  4. Am joseph from nyeri i resident around Dedan kimathi university..
    Kindly help me with leah contacts i may want to acquire some kienyenji cbickens from her please
    0727568130

  5. hello farmers am nyakundi keeping improved kienyeji pls contact me for more information contact me at 0728486627

  6. Am mercy from kitale town, transnzoia county.
    I work in breedtech ltd which deals with improved kienyenji chicken, guinea fowls, cockerels, turkey and poultry feeds.
    we sale chicks of different stages: day old chick, fertilized eggs,
    for more information contact manager 0722709667 or 0715171233

  7. Hey am John Gichia I have the structure of keeping poultry, capacity of 4000 bird in Thika am looking the interested farm who want to rent. My phone No ;0763715934,0725015934

  8. Hi. Am Molly.from Homabay Ciunty. I would like to start up poultry farm insurance. Where can I get broilers and at how much?

  9. Am elizabeth from mweiga need leahs contacts so that i can get chicks from her ,want to start poultry farming

  10. Hi am James from Embu and have got a lot of passion in agriculture and poultry in particular someone please advise me on kienyeji chicken farming on where to start please

  11. Hi am James and I have a lot of passion in agriculture and poultry in particular someone please advise me on kienyeji keeping .Embu

  12. Hi I need to rear either of the following breed,Black Silver Laced Wyandotte,Black Chicken Golden silver laced blue chicken or Blue laced red Wyandotte.Where can I find them in Kenya?

  13. Hi my name is Rose from nyeri am intrested in poultry farming and i would like to learn it from someone with experience is there a way i can contact leah ?if possible

  14. Am a long time poultry farmer both kienyeji and broiler. I need to explore the industry well by visiting established farms and learn new challenges. 0723 235265

  15. Charles from kisii. I need a one time supply of 500 improved kienyeji 3 or 4 months old. This is required by 23/09/2019. If available lets negotiate 0717515742. Negotiations will include transportation to kisii.
    NB: Im not a frequent buyer but this is for the period stated above only

  16. MY name is Kamau from Ruiru. I do sell month old Kuroiler, Rainbow and improve Kienyenji @200.00
    Whatsaap or text 0707972530

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