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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

A questionnaire guide for the condition and the management of poultry farming;

1.      Why poultry farming is important?

Poultry farming is of great importance, because its generates income to rural population in the shortest possible time, provides employment to the people of rural areas, needs less capital investment and returns high profits due to increasing demand of poultry products.

2.      How many years does a chicken live?

Chicken that is either raised in the backyard or in poultry farm under good conditions and facilitates is expected to live for 7 or 8 years on an average. Again it is important to note that each breed has its own life span and this cannot generalize.

3.      How long does it take a baby chick to grow into a chicken?

When chicken begin to lay eggs they are expected to have grown to the stage of maturity and this typically happens between 16 to 24 weeks from a baby chick stage, depending on the breed characteristics.

4.      How old are chickens when they stop laying eggs?

Chickens do not stop laying eggs with age, but the production of eggs decreases with age. The most common age for good egg production is 7 years after that the frequency and quality of the egg decreases.

5.      How long are chicken raised before slaughter?

The chicken which are raised for meat are slaughtered after 5 to 6 weeks, when they attain complete maturity and also it is believed that 8-12 weeks old chicken have fresh tender and juicy meat.

6.      What do chicken eat?

Chicken eat fruits, seeds, grass, flowers, grains, vegetables, bugs and worms. Commercial poultry chicken is fed with Concentrate which is made of corn, wheat, oats, barley, fish meal, groundnut cake, seas shells, minerals & vitamins etc.

7.      How much money can you make with a poultry farm?

Poultry farming returns depend upon many factors and it depends on how many chicken you breed and the type of breed. Broiler chicken and layer chicken have differences in their marketing structure and price. So it’s important to note that the return heavily depends on the investment and the number of chicken being raised.

8.      Do I need to sweep a poultry house daily?

It is not necessary to sweep the poultry daily when there is a bedding material put for the birds because this absorbs all the droppings.

9.      Can I keep sick chickens together with normal ones?

No, it is not advisable to keep the healthy and sick chicken together. A separate space is created for the sick chicken and it is known as quarantine. Arrangement can also be made to keep the sick chicken out of the shed in a small temporary unit. Isolation is highly important to arrest the spread of diseases to other chicken.

10. Can I mix chicken of different ages in the same house?

There could be possibility of different rooms in the same poultry shed and then is it advisable to keep chicken in the same place. The three stages of chicken are the chicks, growers, and mature birds. Each category has different requirements for space, and feed, so putting them in the same room can be unmanageable.

11. Do chickens need to be caged?

Cages keep chickens separate from their waste; easier to keep free from diseases and viruses. Production costs for cage systems are lower than cage-free. Cramped cages prevent many natural behaviors such as nesting; perching and dust-bathing. Caged hens may experience increased aggression.

12. Is cage free chicken better?

So, while cage-free does not necessarily mean cruelty-free, cage-free hens generally have significantly better lives than those confined in battery cages. The ability to lay their eggs in nests, run and spread their wings are tangible benefits that shouldn’t be underestimated.

13. How much space do caged chickens have?

Each battery cage generally houses up to 10 birds. The average space allowance per bird in a typical battery cage is less than the size of an A4 sheet of paper, and the height is just enough to allow the hen to stand. The cages usually have a sloping wire mesh floor and are kept in rows stacked in several tiers.

14. What do they feed caged chickens?

Because cage hens have no access to any of these things, they are fed manufactured inorganic food. And because this cannot meet their health needs, it is laced with antibiotics and anti-bacterial agents to prevent disease.

15. Do caged hen eggs taste different?

The color indicates higher vitamin content. So not only do they taste better, they are better for you and it’s a better life for the birds. Originally Answered: Why are cage-free eggs better tasting than regular average white eggs sold in stores? All Cage Free means is that the chickens are not in a cage.

16. How much space do 100 chickens need?

The minimum rule of thumb is about 2 to 3 square feet per chicken inside the chicken coop, and 8 to 10 square feet per chicken in an outside run.