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)gmail.com
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