This Agrodok provides information on how to overcome the main constraints in small-scale chicken production and how to deal with threats from predators and infectious diseases. It is a practical guide with chapters on housing, hatching, nutrition, feeding methods, health and raising chicks. The authors provide guidelines on how to select the chicken breed best suited to local conditions and describe how local breeds can be improved. The importance of record keeping is stressed and the facts that should recorded is dealt with in detail. There are two useful Appendices: Nutrition Tables and Common Feedstuffs. These show the nutrient content of the different foodstuffs chickens need and indicate which nutrients should be given at different stages of development.
Sample PDF: Small-scale poultry production in the tropics
No. of pages: 91