The demand for poultry products like egg and meat has been consistently rising.
This article aims to take you through all the important things you need to know about poultry farming. We will discuss everything from production of eggs to growing your birds for meat production. Poultry farming is a laborious project but it is indeed very profitable. If done right, you can easily grow your business into something that can provide meat and eggs for an entire city. Of course, you would have to be careful in your steps but it can be done with careful planning.
What makes poultry farming great is you can start with a small group of chickens to jumpstart your business. Many businesses need huge capital in order to work. Poultry farming on the other hand, doesn’t need much capital. You can get like 4 birds for your backyard at the start then go from there. Starting with a small flock will teach you the ropes of the business. As you become proficient in caring for your poultry, that is the time to expand your practice.
Expanding your poultry business
Once you’ve become acquainted with the ins and outs of caring for chickens, you would want to expand. With expansion, comes along a slew of other business processes that you need to learn. You need to know how to manage your chicken in an efficient manner. Managing a larger group of birds is going to be tricky and you need every efficient process you can think of.
Your average hen lay their eggs daily when they hit their maturity at around twenty weeks old. After that, they will continue to lay their eggs daily for the next fifteen weeks. After this active period, they will be exhausted and will stop laying eggs for a while. Many poultry farmers sold them as meat right after their production period. This is the most efficient way of dealing with your birds.
Another product from hens that is constantly overlooked is their waste. Poultry birds, like many other animals, will produce waste. Their wastes can be used as an effective fertilizer. To make sure that you get all their waste, you need to clean their residence about twice a week. This will also keep their pens and cages cleaner.
Packaging your produce
Your eggs will be packaged in paper or plastic crates, just like any other eggs in the market. This makes them easier to store and easier to transport without cracking.
As for the meat, you can employ the service of a middle-man. This middle-man will transport the hens to their warehouse where they’ll get slaughtered for their meat. If you want to skip this process, you can do the butchering yourself and transport them as ready-meat. However, this can take time as you would have to learn another process for the job. Again, the easier way is to just offload the work to other professionals and focus on egg and meat production.