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YAP Proposal #30: “Kuroiler Chickens” (Robert Kibaya, Uganda)


From 113 to 553 Kuroiler Birds I can earn $1000 per month

Robert Kibaya is my name, a Ugandan aged 37 years. I am a Biological Technologist by profession; Executive Director and Founder at Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (KIRUCODO) , Co-Director at Youths in Technology and Development-Uganda (YITEDEV) and NetSquared Tech Meetup Local Organizer in Uganda

I intend to raise a parent stock of 100 Kuroiler hens and 13 Kuroiler cocks for producing fertilized eggs for: selling, eating for nutrition purposes and hatching into new chicks. Every month after maturity of the birds i.e. 5 months, two selected youths will be trained in commercial Kuroiler keeping and management and there after each be donated with 35 one-month old Kuroiler chicks as a startup kit on agreed terms and conditions. Every youth who receives a donation of the chicks will be required to donate back an equivalent number of one-month old Kuroiler chicks to the project after 10 months. The donated chicks will again be donated to another youth still on the same terms and conditions. Every youth is supposed to add not less than 100 new chicks on his stock in every 12 months from maturity of the birds.

On average, I aspect to pick a minimum of 60 fertilized eggs from 100 Kuroiler hens everyday. In 10 days I will pick a minimum of 600 fertilized eggs and in 30 days I will pick 1800 fertilized eggs. Every month I will hatch a minimum of 1000 eggs into a minimum of 700 a day old Kuroiler chicks. Every month I will sell a minimum of 600 a day old chicks at a minimum of $0.75 per chick and this will generate a total of $450. The remaining chicks will be kept for both donating to the 2 selected youths every month and for expanding my stock.

Out of the remaining 800 fertilized eggs, I will sell off a minimum of 700 of them every month at a minimum of $0.09 per egg and this will generate a total of $63. The remaining 100 eggs will be eaten by people working on the project for nutrition purposes.

On average, every Kuroiler bird will consume 14kg of feeds and 35L of water up to maturity (5months). This means, 113 kuroiler birds will consume an average of 1,862kg of feeds and 3955L of water. Every kg of feeds will cost $0.61 and this will total to 1862kg X $0.61= $1136. Every liter of water will cost $0.0076 and this will total to 3955L X $0.0076= $30. On average, I will spend $400 on medications and vaccination for the entire first 5 months.

In the first 5 months after maturity of the hens and cocks, I will generate a total of ($450 X 5months) = $2250 from the sale of one-day old chicks and a total of ($63 X 5 months) = $315 from the sale of fertilized eggs.

At maturity I will be making a minimum net-profit of $200 every month from every 100 hens and 13 cocks. This means, if I increase my stock up to 500 Kuroiler hens and 53 Kuroiler cocks then I will be able to earn a net minimum profit of $1000 every month.

Remember, I have only talked about the eggs and hatched chicks, but there other products and byproducts which can be sold as well to bring in addition income. One of these is the poultry litter which costs $6 per 50kg. The same litter can also be utilized in micro-scale home-based profitable vegetable gardens. On the other hand, you can also keep extra cocks for meat production and each cock at 3 months costs between $9 to $12.

The Kuroiler birds are a dual purpose hybrid of chicken that produce quality meat and eggs. Jagdev Sharma, a researcher at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, along with collaborators from National Animal Genetic Resource Center (NAGRC – Uganda) carried out research on using Kuroiler birds and noted that the Kuroiler chickens offer a significant improvement in virtually all areas of breeding compared to the indigenous chickens, as discussed. Kuroiler chicken can produce around 150 to 200 eggs per year, or even 300 eggs in warmer conditions and the maturity period is about 10 weeks for meat production and 18 and 20 weeks for egg production. The meat yield per Kuroiler bird is also greater, with cocks weighing approximately 3.5kg at maturity and hens weighing about 2.5kg. A Kurolier is resistant to diseases due to its unique genetic features and organic feeding habits hence need less care compared to other chicken hybrids. Hence our business products (chicks, fertilized eggs & chicken meat) will effectively meet the existing customer product demand within the readily available local & international market giving quick returns on investment.

The business products i.e. both fertilized eggs and chicks are organic in nature which may not be the case for most of the main competitors, and the demand for organic poultry products is very high and fetches much profit on the existing world market. The project products help to address the market opportunities on poultry meat and eggs that is eaten by all categories of people irrespective of religion and readily marketable local in hotels, supermarkets shops, community markets and at regional and international market.

For the past year, I have been able to test this business idea with 23 Kuroiler Hens and 2 Cocks in a locally fabricated metal cage. It is from this that I have been able to procure an incubator with a capacity of hatching over 700 fertilized eggs.

For the past year, I have been able to build a bigger new Poultry House which can accommodate a maximum of 500 Kuroiler birds. The construction of this house is expected to be fully completed early March, 2016.

The US$5000 will be utilized as follows:
(1) $1879 for Procuring and raising parent stock of 100 Kuroiler hens and 13 Kuroiler cocks for 5 months.
(2) $1715 for procuring a fuel powered grain milling machine for mixing poultry feeds.
(3) $506 for procuring a standby generator for powering an incubator during power blackout.
(4) $100 for marketing and promotion.
(5) $800 for training and providing startup kits of 35 chicks to 2 youths every month for 7 months.

Blogpost and picture submitted by Robert Kibaya (Uganda) – robkib(at)

The content, structure and grammar is at the discretion of the author only.

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49 thoughts on “YAP Proposal #30: “Kuroiler Chickens” (Robert Kibaya, Uganda)”

  1. This is a good well thought through proposal that will help young people in Uganda regain trust in farming as a business.

      1. I appreciated your proposal and I will try to carry out in my community in Tanzania but Mr Kibaya where can I find true Kuroiler breed as in case of our country we don’t have a reliable source of these chicks

  2. I’ve worked with Robert on several grass-root projects since 2010. His work quality, integrity and desire to assist the local community have shown him to be one of the most capable leaders of local NGO’s that I have worked with. I have total confidence this project will be a great success.

  3. OMG this is awesome and incredible, I have worked with Robert on very many projects especially techie projects at all local levels. His adaptability to new environment changes and dynamism, individuality, good skills of team work and inter personal relations, team player and motivator, high level of integrity and commitment to work has made him to strive for community continuity success. Thanks for his contribution to YITEDEV-Uganda

  4. Its agreat pleasure for us to see Robert applying and fighting hard for this opportunity such that he can yield it and continue to help the disadvantaged communities. as Uganda we have great hopes in him because of what we have seen him doing, we witnessed him beginning a project with 113 birds now he has trended upto 553 Kuroilers, this is a great improvement, more interesting is that he extended it down to youths beginning with schools, this shows his heart of unselfishness and need to bring up communities. UGANDA IS GREATLY BLESSED WITH ROBERT KIBAYA

  5. This is a great idea from Robert, all over the world, kruloilers are demanded, it is a great choice to handle that type but the most advantage is his choice to engage in youths and the whole of the needing communities such that they move a step with poultry,according to what i see with the way Robert has analysed and practiced his ideas, he really deserves this opportunity. i have been reading his profiles all show that he has been engaging disadvantaged families and youths in poultry especially this resistant one, He is therefore the right choice for this fund beacuse the world is waiting for him to win this fund and feed the world as well as raising great Agriprenuers. (IMAGINE FROM From 113 TO 553 BIRDS, THIS IS SO POWERFUL)

    1. Thank you Stephen and thank you for re-blogging this Project idea. Shared it with those in your network and let them comment as well as liking it. All the inputs are welcome.

  6. With the ever increasing demand for poultry products and the presence of people who are capable of meeting those demands with in a minimum budget as they can afford, He has done it (Robert) with in his small earning, he has extended it to others still in that scale of earning, then if he wins these funds what do you think he will do, Just Amaizing things. Robert is a good agriprenuer however with your funding and considerations, he will be the greatest agriprenuer.

  7. Hi,
    I read your proposal regarding a kuroiler project and was inspired. Do u sell fertilized eggs at the moment, if so, how much is it per tray?

    If not, then do u know of such a seller around kampala/kawempe?

  8. Thank you mr.Kibaya,wish all success
    I would like to learn something about such project ,can you please help me with some basics on how to purchase, house, vaccinate the birds.can you please give me your contact,

  9. Robert;
    You’ve got a good idea, try to implement it! I wish you are in Kenya, I join you….

    I’m travelling to Uganda to buy fertilized Kurolier Eggs!
    Do you know of farms with parent stock of kuroiler…

    1. Please check with nagric Entebbe for genuine Kuroilers. Hopefully they’re still dealing in Kuroilers been out the country. Also checkout its up for sale.

  10. My name is Leticia Shija, I am Tanzania, congratulations Mr Robert, I like very much to keep kuloiler bird, but I don’t have capital, if I can get assistance, I will Make my big effort to Perform good.

  11. This is very educative. I’m interested in this business. how can I get chicks from Uganda to Nairobi and at what cost?

      1. Robert thank you for your project it has inspired me. am i Zimbabwe i now want to buy fertilised kuroiler eggs. I want to know the price of eggs and the cost of transporting them to Zimbabwe.

  12. Hi Robert
    I feel I need to start rearing Kuroilers so I would like to know where your farm is located such as to make an order.

  13. I’m Dr Aloyce Nuri from Bugando Medical Centre- Mwanza Tanzania.
    I have gone through your proposal, quite good and practically achievable. I really admire innovative people like. You teach and inspire many for you’re magnetic leader in your industry. Stay energetic ever!

  14. i started such a project in 2015 here in western kenya and lauched green youth foundation.from the 50 chicks i was supplying now they are educating 612 children in high school.imagine 50 roberts in uganda and 50 neberts in we can we only need to advocate for such and our well being will be better.keep up and may fellow ugandans follow track in all agrix fields.

  15. I would like to join the Project because what I have red is what have been on my long term project however I am not a youth can mature people join. thanks for the work you are doing .

  16. Waw! This looks and sounds amazing! I can only imagine how this kind of project can benefit the youth a great deal. I just pray it spreads over to me as well.
    Thanks Kibaya! Uganda needs more of such innovative youth!

  17. Is it possible le to get a few hen and or a rooster for an orphanage in Wall so District?
    His Grace Junior Ministries.
    They have no resource for food. No garden,no animals of any kind on the property. They need to have a rooster and a few hens so the children can have some protein in their diet and maybe be able to sell some eggs for beans and rice.
    If you can help, please let me know or contact,
    Ronald Kate, who is the Director at the school.

    Thank you and God Bless.

  18. I meant to write, in Wakiso District.
    And the director’s name is
    Ronald Kaye. At His Grace Junior Ministries.

    Thank you!

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