Are you an aspiring kienyeji chicken farmer? If so, do you know what it takes to raise healthy birds? Proper chicken housing should be your first priority. A suitable african house for kienyeji hens and roosters should be spacious, airy and safe. It should serve the primary purposes — keeping intruders away and protecting your birds from bad weather. Keep in mind that a well-constructed house can also accommodate hybrid chicken breeds. Without further ado, let’s explain the things you should consider when building an appropriate, organic, chicken house.
Selecting a good site
Besides being secure, an excellent site for a poultry house should be flat and dry. If you don’t have such a site, the best alternative is to build a raised bird house. All chicken breeds have a common weakness; they cannot endure high temperatures. Thus, a proper building site should be near flower bushes or trees. Besides providing shade, trees and bushes serve as hiding sites when there is a predator or strong wind.
Picking the right house size
Every bird, regardless of its breed, requires one square foot of living space. Thus, if you will begin your business with one hundred birds, they will all need 100 square feet. If you intend to branch out into layers farming, consider leaving 2 square feet per bird now. It will save you from building a new house from scratch. Never be tempted to erect a smaller house than the quantity of kuroiler chicken you want to start out with. Overcrowding is annoying to the birds and might prompt a pecking problem and unnecessary injuries and diseases.
The first orientation to always recall is the East-West one. Close the east and west ends completely with timber to keep the sun’s heat away. The second facet is the North-South one that doesn’t face the sun directly. As you construct, leave the north and south ends partly open. You can use the three-to-four-feet chicken house mesh wire to keep the top end of this facet partly open.
Kenya’s hot weather is too harsh for your kienyenji or kuloier chicken. To reduce the effects of sun’s heat, such as respiratory diseases, create aeration points when building a house. The aforementioned mesh wire on north and south ends is the main ventilation system. After the sunset, the weather gets colder and harsher for the birds. As a result, you should improvise some sack curtains and attach them to the mesh. Then, release the curtains at night to keep your chickens warm.