A new breed of indigenous chicken breed has been introduced in the market. The new breed introduced by Kenya Agricultural Research Institute produces more eggs and meat and can be reared under free-range conditions.
According to the research findings released in the Organic Farmer Magazine, a publication of African Insect Science for Food and Health, the new breed adapts well with the local climatic conditions and management systems. If kept in good conditions, the research shows that a hen can produce between 220-280 eggs a year depending on the management system, the research report indicated.
With good quality feeding of 6.20kg of feed given in five months and careful chicken husbandry, the hen can attain 1.5 kg in weight in the five months period. A cock that has consumed 6.8 kg of feed weighs up to 2.10kg over the same period. To maintain optimum egg production, a hen from the…
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