Avian Flu Scare

May 26, 2011 -- An avian flu outbreak that has halted ostrich meat exports from South Africa has spread to a total of eight farms despite the preventive slaughter of 10,000 birds, officials said Tuesday. readmore

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CHICKEN FEEDING

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Feed takes a massive 70% as the cost of production in poultry venture. It is therefore, important to purchase feed from a reputable feed miller with an assurance of consistent quality and performance. AKEFEMA members have a self regulatory mechanism to assure adherence to good manufacturing practices and esthetical of commercial procedures.

Variation in nutrient composition and quality of feed ingredients result in variations in feed composition and texture. This is due to variation in raw materials from season to season and even shipment to shipment.

It is essential to avoid

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USING EGG INCUBATORS TO HATCH CHICKENS

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT EGGS

First, you should consider the chickens responsible for fertilizing and laying the eggs. The eggs should come from healthy adult chickens that have a high fertility percentage, were not disturbed during mating season, were fed on a good diet, and are not related to each other.

Examine the eggs. They should also be of a regular shape and average size, not larger or smaller than a typical egg produced by your chickens. Their shells should display no holes or cracks because such damage could encourage disease organisms to penetrate the egg. With this same concern in mind, you should not wash or wipe the egg, as you could remove the egg's natural protective coating that guards against such organisms.

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Sacking made me a millionaire

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Story and Photo: Geoffrey Rono

Source: Daily Nation (30th June 2011)

Chicken Millionaire

When he was dismissed as a driver with a book-publishing firm nine years ago, 49-year-old Sammy Tanui thought his life had come to an end.

To make matters worse, the sacking came hot on the heels of a three-month unpaid leave which he had asked for to attend to a domestic problem.

“After the initial shock, I collected myself and with the Sh200,000 that I had saved, I put a down payment for a Toyota pick-up and ventured into the dairy business,” says the father-of-three.

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