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Requirements To Start Cockerel Poultry Farming

One of the aspect of poultry farming is rearing of cockerels. Cockerels just like the broilers, are rear for meat production and have a special market demand and can survive in many environments.

You can carry out cockerel poultry farming business in both small and large scale depending on your finance. The purpose of this article is to provide you with the needed guidance and information to make your farming successful.

Requirements For Starting Your Cockerel Poultry Farming Business In Nigeria

Set-Up Capital

To start cockerel farming you will need money to finances it. It is important to have a clear picture of your capital to ensure the overall success of your business. You can raise capital from personal savings, sell personal assets, and grants from government agencies. But it’s always good to start small if you don’t have enough money for farming.Try to avoid debt, as it can drag you down. Getting a loan is bad idea, it is not to start your farming with loan. 

Well-detailed cockerel farming business plan

You need to have a very good business plan. The business plan will serve as a guide on how you can set up the poultry farming. So, you need to have your business plan handy before venturing into your poultry farming business in Nigeria.Once you’ve written the outline, review it with an established farmer or business advisor.

Acquire the necessary knowledge

After you must have prepared the business plan for your poultry business, the next stage is to acquire the needed knowledge to succeed. When it comes to cockerel poultry farming business in Nigeria, there are certain things you need to have very good knowledge of. You must know how to prepare the poultry house, the vaccination schedule for your poultry birds, and where to buy the day-old chicks.It will also be very important for you to understand ways to reduce the incidence of disease outbreak.

Select a suitable farm location

You need a farm site for your cockerels. The size of the poultry farmland should be determined by the number of birds you want to rear. If you have enough land at your backyard and can’t afford to acquire a new site, its always better to start small. You can start with what you have but make it a priority to get a better farm as soon as you can afford it. A good poultry should be calm and pollution free environment. The farm must have adequate, clean and fresh drinking water sources nearby. Also, the site must be free of poultry predators and enemies.

Provide good housing for the birds

After you must have gotten a suitable farm location, the next phase is to provide a good housing for your birds. Using the appropriate housing for poultry birds is very important to have a successful farming business. They can be raised in both free range and indoor production methods. The housing to be built should be spacious enough to permit free movement and running of the birds. shelters must be raised adequately to prevent the risk of flooding. In addition, the shelter must be adequately ventilated and protected from sunlight.

Buy the needed poultry and vaccination equipment

You will need to acquire the necessary equipment. Materials like the feeders, drinkers, brooders, lighting instruments etc are essential for your poultry farming. Vaccination equipment is also needed to help keep the birds free from infections and reduce the mortality rate.

Buy enriched feeds

You can buy feed from your local market or make the feed at your own house. You can just make sure the one bought or made is enriched with protein and mineral which are very essential for you cockerels.

Buy healthy chicks

Look for good hatchery where you can get healthy day old chicks to start with. It is advisable that you buy them after brooding because it will give you an idea of their growth after two weeks. You can always seek advice from those that are already in the business. If you’re new to raising chickens, buy no more than 500 while you’re establishing your farm before adding more to your business.

After about 4-6 months, your cockerels must have reached maturation and you can either sell them frozen or live.

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