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Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by aiotaq: 7:46pm On Jun 09, 2015
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Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by Nobody: 10:13pm On Jun 09, 2015
fnk:


What is the KG of your 100 birds that you raised on 18 bags (25kg?) feed. Feed constitutes a very high percentage of the cost that goes into raising your birds, so anything you can do to reduce the cost of the feed is very paramount to your profitability. So when you ran your number, how much did it cost you to raise each of your birds, e.g what did it come to per kg?
I sell to entries at N680/kg, it is an uphill battle with a lot of them because the big guys sells at N650/kg. But I am able to get away with N680 because of the uniqueness of my birds.

Now it has to be a game of numbers, if I making between N50-N100 per kg bird, then I need to move a whole bunch of those birds to stay in business. So, if you can mill your own feed, you can reduce the cost of production.
I hope this helps.

thanks a lot i think i have been ;over feeding them.... thanks
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by Judithume(f): 9:37am On Jun 10, 2015
My dear fellow farmers. Is it normal for my 18 weeks old pullets not to be doing the egg song. They are amo isa brown pullets. Please help me with any medication that will enhance fertility in their body. Thanks
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by fnk: 9:53am On Jun 10, 2015
pharmmylovey:

Please guys I just got disappointed by a marketer that promised to pack my broilers am thinking of processing and selling them to Frozen Food Stores. Is this wise? Again how do I enter eateries. Thanks.

It is a good idea, in business the more further you go in processing the product the more valuable it becomes. For example the same size that we sell to eateries at N680, we sell in our own frozen stores at N1,100, and the eateries that buys it at N680, cut the chicken into 4 parts fry it and sell at N700 per part, so they get N2,800. So check the market out and go for it.

Hope this helps.
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by fnk: 10:30am On Jun 10, 2015
TheShootist:


@Fnk
N50-N100 per kg of live bird? Or N50-N100 per each bird? I want to know the unit economics. Trying to contact you, so sent nairaland pm, pls check. I'd like to get in touch with you pls.

I am talking about per kg, Most eateries will buy 1.2kg, 1.4kg, 1.5kg up to 1.8kg depending on what they are doing with it. So depending on where you get your birds and how fast your birds grow, you can get 1.4kg dressed bird between 6wks to 8 wks. So, in my case N680 X 1.4kg = N952. And we try to keep our production cost under N550/kg. So, if you can mill your own feed and get the feed, 25kg at less than N2,600, then you can add the savings to your profit margin. Every kobo gained counts.

Now in this industry, it is about reducing your production cost and increasing your production numbers, (How many birds do you produce/sell per day, per week, per month etc) even if you are only making about N50-N100/kg, it adds up pretty fast if you have several outlets you are supplying to. And the demand is out there, eateries doesn't really have any loyalty to anyone, they just want to know that you can be consistent with your supply, Which I can tell you now, you won't, so don't promise that, so that you won't burn your relationship with them, just tell them that you want to be one of their suppliers.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by kelvin96: 10:58am On Jun 10, 2015
Judithume:
My dear fellow farmers. Is it normal for my 18 weeks old pullets not to be doing the egg song. They are amo isa brown pullets. Please help me with any medication that will enhance fertility in their body. Thanks

What are you feeding them( brand of feed)? how many are they and what quantity are you giving them?
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by fnk: 11:04am On Jun 10, 2015
Some of us are ahead of the raise on this. Read the news below.

US Decides to Restrict Farm Antimicrobial Use

This week, the US’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a final decision on the Veterinary Feed Directive, restricting the use of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals and bringing them under greater veterinary supervision.

The rule will halt the use of antimicrobials purely for production purposes, for example to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency.

Antimicrobials will now only be used for prevention, control or treatment of a specifically identified disease, which should help to reduce the development of dangerous antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

According to the US' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 2 million people in the US become infected annually with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. At least 23,000 people die each year as a result of these infections – read more.

The new rule will not be fully brought in until December 2016, but US drugs companies and producers are already coming on board to reduce their use of these important antimicrobials.

The latest poultry business to announce their commitment to curbing their use of medically-important antimicrobials is Foster Farms. This week they announced two new chicken products raised without any antibiotics – read more.
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by kelvin96: 11:34am On Jun 10, 2015
kevin96:


Boss I am available now.... Wen u be chanced to come? Let me know

@omotititi
Boss am still waiting to hear from you.
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by omotititi: 11:37am On Jun 10, 2015
Sir Kelvin,

I will check on you tomorrow by God's grace. Thank you sir.
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by Eggcelent(m): 12:26pm On Jun 10, 2015
judithume. It is abnormal that they have not started giving you the singsong sound. The issue really should be with the QUALITY and/or QUANTITY of the feed you are giving them. Therefore, you are advised to check these. fnk. Your post is quite instructive. However, may I dare say that it is not conclusive yet that humans can develop resistance to some antibiotics by consuming birds raised with same. In addition, some big hatcheries/farms in the U.S. are still administering antibiotics to their birds. However, it is a well established fact that the use of probiotics & enzymes is the future of poultry.
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by kevin96(m): 12:48pm On Jun 10, 2015
omotititi:
Sir Kelvin,

I will check on you tomorrow by God's grace. Thank you sir.
OK boss.
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by Judithume(f): 2:48pm On Jun 10, 2015
I'm feeding them with self mill feed with 15.9protein content according to my colleague that does the milling, cos he has a bigger farm. They make a little noise only when they see me coming to feed them let me upload the video n pictures .

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Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by Eggcelent(m): 3:37pm On Jun 10, 2015
judithume. We await the pix/video. Meanwhile, you are yet to comment in the quantity fed them daily
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by Judithume(f): 8:28pm On Jun 10, 2015
Uploading the pictures is difficult I don't know if it from phone. Well I'm feeding them 25kg of feed daily . 200 are18s
Weeks while 100are 14weeks.they are in different house.
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by davidzfarm18(m): 11:26pm On Jun 10, 2015
Hello House.
I visited a Mega farm with over 50,000 birds last Saturday . the eggs were Jumbo size. the farm is using animal care concentrate.
When I probed further, the manager informed me that the birds are fed twice daily. However, the feed is refreshed everyhour to ensure the birds consume enough feeds daily.
i experimented this with my pullets of 15wks and noticed tremendous improvement in their weight.

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Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by TheShootist(m): 4:49am On Jun 11, 2015
fnk:


I am talking about per kg, Most eateries will buy 1.2kg, 1.4kg, 1.5kg up to 1.8kg depending on what they are doing with it. So depending on where you get your birds and how fast your birds grow, you can get 1.4kg dressed bird between 6wks to 8 wks. So, in my case N680 X 1.4kg = N952. And we try to keep our production cost under N550/kg. So, if you can mill your own feed and get the feed, 25kg at less than N2,600, then you can add the savings to your profit margin. Every kobo gained counts.

Now in this industry, it is about reducing your production cost and increasing your production numbers, (How many birds do you produce/sell per day, per week, per month etc) even if you are only making about N50-N100/kg, it adds up pretty fast if you have several outlets you are supplying to. And the demand is out there, eateries doesn't really have any loyalty to anyone, they just want to know that you can be consistent with your supply, Which I can tell you now, you won't, so don't promise that, so that you won't burn your relationship with them, just tell them that you want to be one of their suppliers.

Hope this helps.

It sure helps, thanks! I mill my feed usually. Its just amazing that with the amount of farms out there, demand is still more than supply.. We dey chop for this country o, lol. Well, that's good for business cool

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Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by hayor2014(m): 5:04am On Jun 11, 2015
davidzfarm18:
Hello House.
I visited a Mega farm with over 50,000 birds last Saturday . the eggs were Jumbo size. the farm is using animal care concentrate.
When I probed further, the manager informed me that the birds are fed twice daily. However, the feed is refreshed everyhour to ensure the birds consume enough feeds daily.
i experimented this with my pullets of 15wks and noticed tremendous improvement in their weight.

please what do you mean by it being refreshed every hour..... explain please.. thanks
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by FarmTech(m): 5:12am On Jun 11, 2015
davidzfarm18:
Hello House.
I visited a Mega farm with over 50,000 birds last Saturday . the eggs were Jumbo size. the farm is using animal care concentrate.
When I probed further, the manager informed me that the birds are fed twice daily. However, the feed is refreshed everyhour to ensure the birds consume enough feeds daily.
i experimented this with my pullets of 15wks and noticed tremendous improvement in their weight.
..
How do you refresh the feed? Manually?
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by kevin96(m): 6:50am On Jun 11, 2015
FarmTech:

..
How do you refresh the feed? Manually?
hayor2014:

please what do you mean by it being refreshed every hour..... explain please.. thanks

Oya explain to us.
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by kevin96(m): 6:53am On Jun 11, 2015
Judithume:
Uploading the pictures is difficult I don't know if it from phone. Well I'm feeding them 25kg of feed daily . 200 are18s
Weeks while 100are 14weeks.they are in different house.




Are you feeding the 300bx the 25kg? Or is it just d 200 that eats the 25kg

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Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by Judithume(f): 7:22am On Jun 11, 2015
I am feeding all of them the 25kg though their age differ. Please if I'm doing it the wrong way pls teach me what to do.. Must I feed them twice. I give them all the feed In the morning. Their weight seems to be OK.. Your contribution will be appreciated. Thanks.
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by jamp: 7:38am On Jun 11, 2015
kevin96:


Oya explain to us.

what he means is that you turn the feed regularly to make it look fresh. for those using battery cage you run your hand through the feeder. the essence is to spur the birds to eat more.
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by Eggcelent(m): 4:04pm On Jun 11, 2015
judithume. The 25kg seem to be about ok for the number of birds given their ages. However, to be doubly sure, can you tell us how much the individual birds weigh? Is there sufficient ventilation as well as light penetration in the pen? What about presence/absence of lice and diseases? Be explicit, pls
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by FarmTech(m): 4:18pm On Jun 11, 2015
Eggcelent:
judithume. The 25kg seem to be about ok for the number of birds given their ages. However, to be doubly sure, can you tell us how much the individual birds weigh? Is there sufficient ventilation as well as light penetration in the pen? What about presence/absence of lice and diseases? Be explicit, pls
..
There is a sample feeding and body weight plan here: http://www.farmersjoint.com/blog/livestock-farming/poultry/feed-consumption-plan-body-weight-target-laying-hens/.
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by Judithume(f): 4:52pm On Jun 11, 2015
The weight is 1.35.there is light penetration though I want to start photostimulation tonight. Ventilation is OK too. No body lice on them. Should I proceed wt the photostimulation @eggcellent
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by davidzfarm18(m): 8:00pm On Jun 11, 2015
@ Jamp: Thanks for coming to my aid. you actually hit the spot. You refresh by running ur hand through the feed.
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by pathology(m): 11:05pm On Jun 11, 2015
good day house, how much is GALDUS PRE-STARTER and KBC 10
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by omotititi: 8:32am On Jun 12, 2015
@Kelvin96......How are you chief. I spent all my day yesterday looking for your farm. i saw a number of farms along benin-sapele road and they all said they do not know the farm i was looking for. I tried your number-07065594421 and one chap picked it and i coludnt make what he was saying.

That is the second time i attempted seeing you in your farm. Please,anytime you come to ringroad ,call me so that i can hook up with you as my office is around that place.my number is 08063970498
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by sukkotfarm: 1:01pm On Jun 12, 2015
Pls my senior farmer....is it compostry u re vaccinate ur DOC with mareks when you get them. I knw they usually give them mareks vaccine before they leave the hatchery!....#some of my friend do it
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by davidzfarm18(m): 1:23pm On Jun 12, 2015
Judithume:
The weight is 1.35.there is light penetration though I want to start photostimulation tonight. Ventilation is OK too. No body lice on them. Should I proceed wt the photostimulation @eggcellent

Pls don't start photo stimulation at 1.35 kg.
wait till they are up to 1.45 kg, otherwise you will be getting small eggs. the birds will come to lay when they are 1.45kg naturally and then you can gradulao stimulate them to ensure increase in consumption.
the protein content of ur grower feed can be slightly increased to accommodate for poor quality Ingredients.
One more thing. I had discussion with Jamp and realised that raising pullets in the heat period comes with its own challenges. You can however increase feed distribution to MINIMUM 3 Times.
Pls note that the the birds show excitement at each feeding time and this encourages rapid feed consumption.

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Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by kelvin96: 1:58pm On Jun 12, 2015
omotititi:
@Kelvin96......How are you chief. I spent all my day yesterday looking for your farm. i saw a number of farms along benin-sapele road and they all said they do not know the farm i was looking for. I tried your number-07065594421 and one chap picked it and i coludnt make what he was saying.

That is the second time i attempted seeing you in your farm. Please,anytime you come to ringroad ,call me so that i can hook up with you as my office is around that place.my number is 08063970498

Haba Boss I am so sorry for your ordeal. You got my number wrong, this is actually my number 07065594721 not 07065594421. And like i told you before, my farm is located at km19 benin sapele rd by rubber research junction. Then you take your right.
Please i am really sorry about yesterday, i waited till 12noon before i left the farm yesterday, i was not having your number, i would have called. I will be at ringroad by next week. but if i happen to be there tomorrow i will call you. Boss i am sorry.
Re: Starting A Poultry Farm (a Blog) by kelvin96: 2:00pm On Jun 12, 2015
pathology:
good day house, how much is GALDUS PRE-STARTER and KBC 10


galdus goes for 6k5 and kbc 10 is 12k2

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