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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DavidAfrica, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. DavidAfrica

    DavidAfrica New Egg

    Dec 28, 2016
    Greetings to all.
    I'm starting a poultry business with very limited experience, hoping to attain assistance from fellow small scale poultry farmers.

    Here's the rough scatch:
    I have R10 000, enough to buy an egg incubator of 80eggs at R3000, feed starter, grower, and finisher at R2000 and one roaster, five hens at R1500, R3500 to watch the business pety needs. I have a garage for th3 incubator, and a 5 by 5 room for breeding but am plannin to sell day old chicks first now my dilemma is to which kind of chicken to get? Which will be productive in egg production, and produce more of its kind for further egg production. Thank you guys
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] You might want to PM CTKen - he is raising chickens in Kenya.
  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Good luck with your plans!
  4. DavidAfrica

    DavidAfrica New Egg

    Dec 28, 2016
    There's one question I fail to understand, why imports from US to South Africa are cheaper than local aftican brands given oil cost and preservation measures?
  5. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    I would look into indigenous breeds that mature quickly,are great foragers, disease resistant and can deal with temperature extremes. The boschweld is an interesting prospect. Who are your customers?

    Are you buying outside eggs to start or just relying in the hens for hatching eggs? It will take about 20 days to accumulate 80 eggs. Hatch rates will decline after 10 days so you will want to either go with a smaller hatch or a staggered hatch. Look at the DIY (do it yourself) incubator section. You can build one for a fraction of a cheap Chinese one that will have less problems.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2016
  6. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus Premium Member

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under DavidAfrica [​IMG] Welcome!

    Having only 5 x very spoiled, pet bantams who probably do not believe they are poultry, I am not able to help but I did just want to say that I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you David, thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens

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