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These birds are very self-sufficient and easy to look after. They just need the basics like food, water, shelter and some natural grass/soil for worm hunting. Chickens make an excellent source of nutritious food and revenue for low-income families in villages.

How much does it cost?

It costs between £300

What does it include?

50 egg-laying organic chickens

Two roosters

Feeding utensils (1 set)

Chicken Coop

Chicken feed (3 months’ supply)

How does it work?

Low-income families are identified, who have some basic knowledge of poultry farming. They are provided with two dozen egg-laying chickens and two roosters. A wooden coop is fitted in their homes, and a 2 months’ supply of chicken feed is also provided to them so that they do not have to worry about spending money in the initial months. The families are able to utilise the eggs to fulfil their needs and sell the surplus.

A chicken lays one egg every 26 hours, this approximately provides 200 eggs a year per chicken. The eggs can be sold for Rs. 10-15 each or consumed at home. A lot of times, in rural communities neighbours barter, produce with each other. The life span of a chicken varies from one to two years. Farmers can also breed chicks for selling. A chick takes six months to mature and can make a valuable addition to the egg-laying fowls or can be sold for Rs. 120-200. Low-income households with chicken coops have the earning potential of Rs. 5,400 per month from selling eggs alone. It can be increased further by selling chicks or chicken.


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