What are the benefits of Improved Kienyeji breeds over local Kienyeji breeds?poultryadmin
The term ‘improved’ means that the breed shows increased productivity as compared to local breeds i.e. for example, it’s birds produce: more eggs, are heavier and are more resistant to diseases than local breeds. Examples of improved Kienyeji brands available in the country are: KARI Improved Kienyeji, Kuroiler (from Uganda) and Rainbow Rooster.
In this article, the terms “local breeds” refer to the breeds of chicken natively found in the country; the ones a lot of us had on our farms growing up that were sourced from our local market.
Poultry farmers are commonly either rearing birds for meat or for eggs. The Improved Kienyeji breeds mentioned above are great for both purposes; growing heavier than traditional breeds in a shorter span of time and producing a lot more eggs annually than their indigenous counterparts.
Rainbow Rooster farmers in Bungoma report having up to 320 eggs produced by one Rainbow Rooster in its lifetime compared to the 80-egg lifetime average for an indigenous Kienyeji layer . Kuroiler farmers in Uganda report that it’s not unusual to have a bird weigh up to 4 Kgs at maturity compared to 1.5 Kgs for indigenous Kienyeji birds .
Unlike some of the traditional Kienyeji breeds, improved Kienyeji breeds have higher disease resistance so they fall sick less easily with proper care and hygiene. Another advantage is that improved Kienyeji breeds, just like the local breeds, do not have to be fed on commercial feeds. They can, when older, survive on local feeds such as crushed sorghum, millet etc. and locally available food such as greens, insects and leftovers. 
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