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The chicks are injected for the first time two weeks after hatching.

According to Wairimu Kariuki, the chairperson of the Kenya Poultry Farmers Association, improved indigenous chickens are cheap and easy to rear.

“The cross-bred chickens have all the characteristics of indigenous chickens but with an added advantage of laying more eggs and maturing faster than the local indigenous ones.”

She says after the Kari improved indigenous chicken, farmers have been trying different ways of cross-breeding local chickens with exotic ones.

Wairimu said cross-breeding local Kienyeji chicken with the Dorep results in bigger birds which fetch a lot of money when sold.

She, however, warns that farmers who are cross-breeding their chickens should always ensure that the locally cross-bred ones are kept in separate cages from the original breeds to ensure they don’t extinguish the original traits.

She says poultry farmers should vaccinate the chicken after every 10 weeks to keep away diseases like Newcastle which is a big threat to poultry farmers.

Wairimu also says farmers should ensure that the chicken cages are cleaned regularly and provide enough water for them to grow healthy.

To keep them healthy, Leah feeds the birds with kitchen waste, sunflowers, cereals, fish meal, green grass and maize germ.

She keeps her chickens in a large fully fenced compound where they can scavenge and get insects.

The chickens are sold in terms of kilos with each going for Sh450. She is able to raise a net of between Sh80,000 to Sh120,000 monthly from selling the crossbred chickens, the original breed chicks, and eggs.

The eggs from the Kenbro, the Dorep indigenous chickens, and the cross-bred indigenous chickens are always in high demand with one selling at between Sh30 to Sh35. The eggs from the local Kienyeji go for between Sh20 to Sh25.

This feature on poultry farming in Kenya was first published in the journal Seeds of Gold


  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?


  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

  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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