Starting up a layer farming business is one of the most lucrative ventures any farmer in the world can venture into with minimal capital and start making a fortune in just a few months of starting. The world economy has been positively impacted by the agricultural sector, and Kenya is not doing badly in this regard.
According to USAID, agriculture contributes about 33% yearly to Kenya’s GDP, and livestock farming is one of the major products of the agricultural sector in Kenya that contributed to this figure. So, as an intending farmer, planning to join the farming sector, investing in layers business is one of the best decisions you can ever make. However, starting a layers farming business requires diligent supervision and management which I have covered here in this link.
So, to the question of the day, how much does it cost to rear 100 layers of birds in Kenya? The cost of rearing layers varies and depends on the cost of building an a house for the birds, the cost of feeding, the cost of labor, buying equipment, and others. But ideally, to raise 100-layer birds in Kenya, it will cost you about Ksh. 78,000 or less, but let us get to the breakdown.
Cost Of Rearing 100 Layers In Kenya For Beginners
There are many things to consider when looking out for what it will cost you to start raising 100 birds, as I have promised earlier, Below is the breakdown of the cost and what it will require you to raise 100 layers of birds from day old to point of laying:
Cost OF Day Old Chicks:
The first thing you need to know when it comes to the cost of rearing layers is that you must buy a day-old chick that is viable and must have been vaccinated against Marek’ so that you will not have problems while raising them. And to get this type of chicks, will set you back by Ksh. 100 per one and 100 birds will invariably be Ksh. 10,000 and this is just an ideal state, The prices may vary based on your location and the company supplying you with the chicks.
Housing Cost For 100 Layers Birds:
Now to the housing for your layers, here is the breakdown of what it will cost you to have this building ready and set for your birds, but be in the know that these prices are subject to changes However I am sure, what you need is the breakdown and likely material needs to be required for your quotations in setting up housing for 100 layers birds. Do note that this estimation is based on 3.9 meters for every 100 layers, and also for birds from 0 age to 5 months (20 weeks ) which is the point your birds will start dropping, so below is the breakdown:
- 2 m long corrugated iron sheets 6,400
- 4 roll Wire netting 2000
- 15 tonnes load Ballast 500
- 15 tonnes load Sand 1800
- 5 bags Cement 4500
- 1000 feet Rails (3’ x 2’) 3,000
- 1000 feet Rails (2’ x 2’) 3,000
- 2000 Cedar posts 4,000
- 250 pieces Off-cuts 4,000
- 1 load Suitable material for deep litter e.g. wood shavings 500
- The total Cost for the building is: 30,800
To set up an ideal house for layer birds, you can read about how to build a Poultry House For Layers.
Poultry Feed Cost For 100 Layers Birds:
Ideally, you start feeding chic mesh to your chicks from a day old to up to 2 months or 8 weeks and they will consume 6 grams per day which is about Ksh. 50 per gram, you will need growers mesh from the 9th week to the 19th week which will be 9 grams per day and each will cost about Ksh. 35.
From week 18 to the 72nd week, you will start feeding them with layers of mesh and they will consume 14 grams per day with each kg costing ksh. 42.
Vaccination Cost For 100 Layers:
You will need to vaccinate your birds against Gumboro, Gumboro 1st dose, Gumboro 2nd dose, Newcastle 1st dose, Newcastle 2nd dose, Fowl typhoid, Deworming, and Vitamins. And this may cost anywhere from Ksh. 70
Poultry equipment Cost for 100 birds:
Following are some equipment you will be needing in your layers farm, They include drinkers, feeder which may cost anywhere from Ksh. 800. You may need a poultry cage that can house 100 birds which will cost anywhere from ksh. 35,000
Cost of transportation, cost of labor, cost of servicing generators powering the poultry, cost of fueling, and many others that may come unplanned and unforeseen, and this can be pegged at around ksh 200.
How Much Does It Cost To Keep 500 Layers In Kenya?
In Kenya, raising 500 layers, it will cost you at least Ksh. 390,000 or more which includes feeding, housing, and other poultry equipment from 0 age to the 72th week of keeping the birds.
How Much Do I Need To Start Layers Farming In Kenya?
To start layers farming in Kenya, it will cost you Ksh. 78,000 for 100 layers more which include feeding, housing, and other poultry equipment from 0 age to the 72th week of keeping the birds.
How Many Bags Of Feed For 1,000 Layers Per Day?
It depends on the age of the birds, but it starts from 4.5 bags daily for 100 birds and as they grow old, they consume more.
Cost Of Raising Layers In Kenya Per Day
The cost of raising layers per day varies but it can cost you Ksh.500 at least for keeping 100 layers of birds per day in Kenya.
Cost Of Rearing 50 Layers In Kenya
To start keeping 50 layers in Kenya, it will cost you Ksh. 39,000 for 50 layers or more which include feeding, housing, and other poultry equipment from 0 age to the 72th week of keeping the birds.
Price Of Layers Mash In Kenya
The cost of a layer’s mesh in Kenya is Ksh. 1,860 and Ksh. For grower mesh.
Cost of rearing 300 layers in Kenya
To start keeping 300 layers in Kenya, it will cost you Ksh. 234,000 for 300 layers or more which include feeding, housing, and other poultry equipment from 0 age to the 72th week of keeping the birds.
Cost of rearing 200 layers in Kenya
To start keeping 200 layers in Kenya, it will cost you Ksh. 156,000 for 200 layers or more which include feeding, housing, and other poultry equipment from 0 age to the 72th week of keeping the birds.
Cost of rearing 1000 layers in Kenya
To start keeping 1000 layers in Kenya, it will cost you Ksh. 780,000 for 1000 layers or more which include feeding, housing, and other poultry equipment from 0 age to the 72th week of keeping the birds.
Price of Kenchic layers
To buy a kenchic in Kenya, it will cost you at least KSh. 100 or more depending on the farming you’re buying from and Other logistics that maybe involve.
Cost of rearing 10 layers in Kenya
To start keeping 10 layers in Kenya, it will cost you Ksh. 7,800 for 10 layers or more which include feeding, housing, and other poultry equipment from 0 age to the 72th week of keeping the birds.
Now that you have been equipped with the information you need to know about raising layers in Kenya, do note that these costs are subject to change over time owing to inflations, and rises in the price of goods and services, however, the fundamental requirement has been taken care of and what you needed to know in raising 100 layers has being taken care of also in this content.
Do let me know, if there is other information you need to clarify on as touching this content via the comment section, and also, let me know what it cost you to raise layers at your end there, so till we meet again, happy farming.