Indigenous chicken production manual

Indigenous chicken production manual

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Indigenous chicken farming has been described variously as backyard poultry rearing, rural poultry production or scavenging. For our purpose, any flock of chicken that are kept under free-range management and on which no selection of breeds or improvement by crossbreeding has been done is considered as a flock of indigenous chicken.Families could improve their income and supply of poultry products (meat and eggs) by practicing a combination of recommendations given in this manual. The aim of this manual is to create awareness and interest in indigenous chicken production.

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Contents

Introduction .. .. .. .. .. 1

General management .. .. .. .. 1

Feeding .. .. .. .. 1

Proteins .. .. .. .. 1

Minerals .. .. .. .. 2

Vitamins .. .. .. .. 2

Water .. .. .. .. .. 2

Housing .. .. .. .. 2

Cleaning and disinfecting .. .. 2
Breeding .. .. .. .. .. 4

Selection of eggs for setting .. .. 4

Shortening the reproductive cycle .. 4

Serial hatching .. .. .. .. 4

Synchronised hatching .. .. .. 4

Management of chicks .. .. .. 5
Diseases .. .. .. .. .. 6

Protozoa .. .. .. .. 6

Prevention and control .. .. .. 6

Vaccination .. .. .. .. 6
Vaccination programmes .. .. .. 7

Bacterial diseases .. .. .. 7

Parasitic diseases .. .. .. 9

Isolation disposal of dead birds .. .. 10

Viral diseases .. .. .. .. 10

External parasites of poultry .. .. 11

Prevention .. .. .. .. 12
Record keeping.. .. .. .. .. 13 R

ecommended further reading .. .. .. 1