• Naomi Wanjiru Kamau
    • Novermber 2014
      • First is to thank you for the donation of five hens. I have seen the benefits and it is my hope that more benefits will be seen as the hens increase. I have been feeding them well with layers mash from unga industries and since then I have seen the difference. Three of them are laying eggs which have been selling at a cost of sh.20 each and thus a total of sh.420 income per week. I am hoping by October they will be incubating and so I am expecting them to increase by 70-90%. I am looking forward to rear as many hens as possible in order to increase income and also to assist other women so that after all there will be no woman without hens in our village/neighbourhood.
    • December 2014
    • January 2015
  • Teresia Nyambura Mburu
    • Novermber 2014
        I received my hens on 6th August 2014 and since then my hens do not report any kind of disease or sign and so all of them are healthy. FEEDING I feed my hens with layers mash from unga limited and I have seen the improvement in production. PRODUCTION All of them are laying and three of them are incubating for the 7-10 days. I am still expecting that the remaining will incubate and increase so that I can give them out to other women within four months.
    • December 2014
        Theresia received ten chickens. She has constructed a house for the them on top of her cow-shed where she has a zero grazing project. They hardly stay in their house and you will find most of them feeding on cow feeds and also sleeping and laying eggs around at the same place. Three of them had hatched eggs. She is not able to know which is laying eggs because they don’t use their chicken house. Most of her eggs are consumed at home. She has not been keeping records but promised to start doing so. She benefits from her husband who treats the chicken but she didn’t have a record of what medicine they took. We agreed that she needs to put more efforts on the chicken project and make sure that she makes it manageable just like that of the cows. She also needs to keep records as this will help us learn from them and also make her more organized in terms of assessing her profit.
    • January 2015
  • Jane Njambi Mukabi
    • Novermber 2014
        Am interested with your organization of my poultry keeping. I was given ten a hen of which is very health. Nine of them were hens and one cock. PRODUCTION My hens have a good production, this is because six of them are layering at a different days. So for a week aim collecting an average of (22) twenty two is not yet laying. FEEDING I started to give my hens every kind of feeds in my kitchen and still layering, but since I started giving them layers mash from Unga industries limited, I have realized the difference in productivity. DISEASE I have not noted realized any symptoms of any disease in my poultry. EXPECTATION Am expecting many hens, many cocks and very many eggs in my poultry and at last we launch our farms of poultry keeping in our country for the betterment of our world county and our country.
    • December 2014
    • January 2015
  • Naomi Muthoni Mbugua
    • Novermber 2014
        I had five chicken and they are doing well. PRODUCTION Three hens are laying Am selling three eggs in a day thus totaling to 21 eggs in a week. DRUGS I have given them Biotrim powder for prevention of coccidiosis. Perperizine for vitamins Servins for pests’ control CHALLENGES The production is not very good due to cold weather and change of environment thus causing stress. Predictor’s.
    • December 2014
    • January 2015
  • Lucy Gachambi
    • Novermber 2014
    • December 2014
        We started by visiting Lucy Gachambi in Gathara ward. She had received a total of 10 chickens. They had all survived but at one point her cockerel had a problem where it was unable to stand on its own. She consulted Lucy who advised her to buy … and it worked well. In September one chicken hatched 7 out of 12 eggs. Three of them were eaten by the eagle when they left the chicken pen without her knowledge. At one month 2 were eaten by the neighbors dog when they too left the chicken pen without her knowledge. In November two chicken sat on 20 eggs but hatched 12 chicks (seven and five respectively). Eleven of them fell sick and died. She called the vet who said that they died of an airborne decease known as Newcastle (not too sure of the name) and she was supposed to have treated them with a drug called Gumboro. It was not available in Kinangop mainly because it is supposed to be stored under refrigeration and most vet chemists don’t have a fridge. The decease affected many chicken in the area, with one neighbour loosing a total of 30 chicken. She was lucky because she asked a friend to buy for her the drug from Nairobi. According to Lucy Aloe Vera (does not seem to be working) In December 2014 her chicken looked sick and weak and she called the vet again who gave her a prescription of ESB3. Now they are okay. Ever since this project started there are many people who have been asking for Chicken to buy but she has not sold any. It is a good indicator that the market is not a problem. She had not been keeping records but she approximated that in September the chicken laid a total of 80 eggs. Consumed 20 eggs sold 40 eggs @Kshs.15 each and set aside 20 for hatching. In November she had had about forty eggs as the chicken had fallen sick and it affected them. In December there was some improvement and she got about 90 eggs. They ate about forty and sold 30 eggs. We agreed that we had noted weaknesses where she had not been keeping records as agreed. We agreed that we shall work with estimates but from Friday 9th January she will be giving a report on a weekly basis through sms. We agreed that she was going to improve in her chicken pen to ensure that the young chicks are secure because she had lost too many chicks when they strayed out.
    • January 2015
  • Cecilia Nyambura
    • Novermber 2014
    • December 2014
        Cecilia told us that she had all the ten chicken but physically we only found five chicken. When she called them. She told us that two of them are sitting on eggs in the forest while three of them had strayed to the neighbours compound. After a while she came back with three hens but on mixing them with the others they started fighting. An indication that they did not belong together. She said so far only one chicken had sat on eggs in the forest, a place she did not know and only appeared with nine chicken. She claimed most of them died when they were attacked by safari ants and others were taken by the eagle. We agreed that she had to work hard because it was evident that she had not been taking the project seriously, failure to which we might be forced to get our chicken back and give them to a more deserving person. Her housing needed improvement and she said she would do that and we said we would be back in three weeks. She had not been buying food for the chicken and she said most of them were not laying eggs. However, she had build a nice portable chick house that can protect them from being taken away by eagles.
    • January 2015
  • Alice Njoki
    • Novermber 2014
    • December 2014
        Alice chickens were well fed. The housing was adequate. They had all survived but only five of them were laying eggs at the moment. She has not been selling her eggs. She keeps some for hatching and consumes some. She has a small child and she has been benefiting from the eggs as she does not need to buy. She feeds her chicken with food from unga feeds and also maize. The chicken are allowed to fed for themselves but she makes sure they have water all the time. She has been keeping records and will upload them. She tried on several occasions to upload her records and those of some other few women who had brought the records to her but she was unable to access the s.faida website. There was a break of an airborne disease but she gave her chicken medicine to protect them. She intends to buy more chicken and add to the flock. This will make it easy to concentrate on the chicken project as a profit making project.
    • January 2015
  • Magret Ireri
    • Novermber 2014
    • December 2014
        Margret Ireri had received 10 hens. Together with hers, she had a total of 19 hens and ten chicks. She has been collecting between 7 and eight eggs per day. She sells about one tray per week. She also said that she finds herself giving out eggs for consumption and for hatching to her friends who have been coming to her place to see the chicken project. She gave two women from Githabai ward two chicken when they insisted they wanted them. One of the chicken hatched twelve chicks and is doing well and the woman is very excited and looking forward to more chicken. She feeds them with food from the shops but also farm products. Cabbages kale, carrot. Her daughter feeds the chicks with chick mash and rice. She believes that the chicks need the rice too and she has been taking their kitchen stock. She takes precautions by de-warming the chickens and gives them natural aloe vera occasionally to protect them from airborne diseases. Challenges One of the chickens that had hatched 12 chicken lost ten of them. They were killed by safari ants when a carpenter who was repairing her chicken pen left the chicken cage on the floor. Her chicken fell ill but treated them with Bio trim. She de-wormed them in early November. We agreed that for every egg she gives out or consumes be costed and keep record. Her daughter Nyambura will be keeping the records. They were to open a bank account that will be run by the mother and the daughter.
    • January 2015
  • Margaret Wangui Kimani
    • Novermber 2014
    • December 2014
        Margret received 10 chicken but she had about five. Currently she has 19 grown chicken and 9 chicks. She feeds her chicken with layers morning and evening. She substitute the food with carrots and sukuma wiki. She leases them at around ten but currently she is locking them in because they are damaging some cabbages that are almost maturing. Her chicken know the time for feeding and they all flock together and make noise. She feeds her chicks with chicken mash and tender vegetables. She has been faring very well and her chicken are well taken care of. So far she has had chicken hatch three times. She is the only person who has been keeping records religiously which will be captured in the table that we shall attach. She is able to sell a tray of eggs every week @kshs450 and she uses the money to buy food. She has not sold any chicken and she has no intention of doing so. Her vision is to have a flock of 1000. The eggs are in demand and she is not able to satisfy the market. She has lost a number of chickens from accidents. At one time a drum that she uses slipped as it was being lifted and killed one chick. She also lost some chicks to safari ants. At one time she had two hens hatch eggs at the same period. One chicken had eight and the other one had 3 chicks. She combined the chicks and gave them to one hen. The other one started laying within a week. From Magret’s record you can be able to see at a glance the number of chicken, the number of eggs laid, and the food given. She also keeps records of vaccines and medicines that they receive among them metrocycline and aloe vera. She has benefitted a lot from her father who is a farmer and has been giving her tips on what to do.
    • January 2015