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Rotate Roosters for higher fertilized egg percentage

If you are in business of hatching eggs, make sure you have enough Roosters which you can keep on rotating. You can see, these roosters in the photo were removed and kept in holding rooms for a day and other roosters were introduced. So, we keep on rotating roosters to make sure that we have a good percentage of fertilized eggs which result into a good percentage of chicks on hatching. Remember, each rooster serves 8 hens (according to our research) but books say one rooster per 10 hens.

Why we feed our Kuroiler Birds of Grass

Feed Savings

Forages can provide a significant amount of poultry nutrition, reducing the amount of feed that a poultry farmer feeds a flock. Although poultry are not ruminants – they’re monogastric – a good pasture is still a valuable resource for the flock. Pastured poultry eat five to 20 per cent [of their diet] from pasture, depending on type and age of poultry, and the quality of forage growth”.

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Harvesting our Organically grown backyard tomatoes

We have started to harvest our tomatoes as you can see in the attached photos. One thing you need to always remember with organic backyard tomato growing in sacks is, to be able to make your own composite manure as we explained earlier in this video https://youtu.be/Y3XsEibkfCw . Having access to composite manure will help you to easily enrich your soil which is used every now and then. Again, I encourage to keep some chicken at home which can be a good source for material you need to make composite manure. Thank you

Our Kuroiler Chicken parent stock is developing well

Our parent stock is developing well and this is the feed formula we use at this stage: In100Kg of Maize Bran, add: 12Kg of Fish (silver fish), 12Kg of Cotton cake, 12Kg of Lime or Shells, 0.5Kg of General Premix, 0.5Kg of Salt, 0.5Kg of Toxic Binder, NOTE: -You can add 20Kg of Broken maize if there no enough granules in the maize bran. Always remember to add toxic binder to get lead of any pathogens which might be dangerous to your birds.

LESSONS LEARNT FROM MY EGGPLANT CROP

I have realized that you can harvest over 10 fruits from a single eggplant crop. If for example you plant 10 eggplants, then you are likely to harvest not less than 100 fruits. If you plant in a sack like I did, then you need to irrigate during dry days. In my case, I use a 2L plastic bottle for irrigating my eggplant for entire week as you can see in the photos. Remember this very important fact, you need to be able to make your own composite manure to help you easily enrich your backyard soil. You can learn from my video how you can easily and cheaply make one for you right at your home: https://youtu.be/dVYrVxwcjj4

HOW TO EASILY AND CHEAPLY IRRIGATE YOUR BACKYARD CROPS DURING A DRY SEASON?

Flipped upside down plastic bottle filled with water

During hot seasons, it’s important that we keep ourselves and our plants well hydrated. In the heat and sun, our bodies perspire to cool us down, and plants transpire in the midday heat too. Just as we rely on our water bottles throughout the day, plants can benefit from a slow-release watering system as well.

Fill your bottle to the top with water. Then flip the bottle upside down and bury it about two inches into the soil. As the soil dries out from your last watering, fluid will slowly drip from the bottle into your soil, ensuring that your plant receives just the moisture it needs to thrive. It is amazing but, the plant consumes very little water a day and that 1L plastic bottle can serve a crop for a number of days during the week.

Introduce your Kuroiler Chicks on grass and leaves at one month

We are now out of brooder and we are one month and two weeks. At one month, begin to introduce your Kuroiler chicks to grass and leaves of certain plants. Amazingly, grass provides approximately one quarter of a chicken’s daily nutrient requirements resulting in them eating less feed. Therefore, you will spend less money paying for feed. Grass is high in protein, iron and vitamins E and C. You may want to go and cut all the grass you can for you flock with this new information.

However, there are some things to be carful of when allowing your flock to eat grass. Make sure it’s not treated with any chemicals or pesticides. Also, if you watch your chickens free range you will notice that they only eat the tops of the grass blade. The reason for this is because if they eat the entire blade, they risk the chance of crop impaction. So when harvesting grass for them, avoid giving them long, thick pieces. Be sure you only feed grass blade pieces no smaller than 1″ and never just grab a handful of grass and throw it to your flock.

Here are weeds and plants to stay away from (Note that most chickens will not eat plants they know are bad for them but it’s still good to be safe): Azalea, Rhododendron, Henbane, Black Nightshade, Buttercup, Clematis, Foxglove, Castor Bean, Irises, Oleander, Vetch, St. John’s Wort, Sweet Pea, Honeysuckle, Privet, Trumpet Vine.

Lastly, you are welcome to join our Facebook Group at: https://web.facebook.com/groups/homeofkuroilers

Good News to Home of Kuroiler Clients

Good news to our clients. Our Parent stock from India is developing well. We are now one month and two weeks and we only lost one. We shall resume to sell quality chicks in four months time from now. Keep watching this space for regular updates. For timely updates, join our Facebook Group at https://web.facebook.com/groups/homeofkuroilers

We are right now Brooding Kuroiler Chicks and this is what you need to know:

Basically the brooder has to be kept warm but air has also to pass through (Ventilated)

Some sources of light would include Power/Electricity lamps/ Paraffin lamps/Solar for lighting.

Charcoal pots with holes/ Infra red lights/ Coil for heat (use which ever you can afford but there should be lighting and heat (Warmth)

Give Glucose, Chick formula (Vitamins) V&E PLUS when your chicks have just arrived. You need 3 hours when chicks taking this solution before you introduce the feeds.For the first 3 days, pour the feeds on the brooding papers and don’t introduce the feeders as the chicks need to easily pick the feeds without hardship.On day 4, you can put the feeds in feeders and you can also put litter (coffee husks, etc). When you introduce litter, make sure to raise the drinkers a little bit to prevent the litter from getting deposited into water.

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Tomatoes in sacks are steadily Growing for Home consumption and sale

Our tomatoes are seedily growing and very soon we shall be harvesting. You can as well harvest right from your compound and eat something fresh. You don’t need to have access to bigger piece of land. You can as well plant in containers, sacks, etc. You can make your composite manure even in a small container if you don’t have space to dig up a pit. Up to now, I wonder why people have to throw away garbage accumulated in their homes! You throw away garbage, you throw away wealth. Learn how you can manage garbage in your home and let garbage be a source of food at home. Check this LINK for details on how to sustainably manage Home Garbage.

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