Siaya County farmer earns Sh10,000 a day on poultry side-hustle

A 27 old lady from Siaya County practicing poultry farming on a part time basis is rearing kuroiler and indigenous chicken earning her Sh200, 000 gross income per month and Sh150, 000 net income on her eighth acre farm.


Sellah Awino Migaya is an Information Technology expert by profession and works in a bank where she earns about Sh55, 000 a month. However, her passion for farming since childhood inspired her to keep busy during then weekends and holidays by starting a poultry farm.
“I love farming. Seeing my chicken increasing in number every other day gives me hope,” said Magaya.

With a meager capital of Shs. 15, 000 she bought 150 one year old kuroiler chicks from a supplier from Thika in 2016. As they continued to multiply she decided to put up a poultry house for them which cost Shs. 70, 000.

Magaya poultry farm is named Nyabungu Poultry FARM meaning it is located in the very rural setting in Usire along Bondo-Usenge highway near Maranda High School.

 “Given the more sales I carried out during the past festive season, the farm is currently housing between 470 and 500 chicken. I am therefore restocking to meet the high demand,” she said.

Magaya supplies 14 mature chicken of above three months old to two schools in the area every week. One such mature chicken goes for Sh700 earning her Sh9, 800 per week just from the two schools.

She also supplies first-starter farmers with chicks, who order between 250-300 chicks. This makes her commit to a month supply of 2000 chicks. She sells a day old chick at Sh100, a week old chick at Sh130, two weeks Sh150, three weeks Sh200, a month old chick at Sh250, three months Sh450 and above three months at Sh600 -800.

To cope with the high demand, Magaya has an incubator with a capacity of 1026 eggs that helps her hatch more chicks for the market.

Challenges

Like other ventures, poultry has its own problems especially if the owner fails to offer full attention.

“There so many things chicken need such as feeding, stress management and vaccination. These may not go as they should if I am not available fulltime in the farm,” she said.
To reduce the cost on feeds she buys unmixed feeds and mix them alone meeting the required balanced diet.

This way she buys 100kg of feed at Sh3500 that last for seven weeks against Sh5000 she would be using for the same amount of feeds lasting over the same duration of time.

On the other hand vaccination cost Sh2000 every month. Magaya seeks job relocation near her home and join her brother, Henry Migaya who manages the poultry farm in her absentia. This will also enable her fully follow her heart desire which is farming hence putting all her attention in it for even more income.

Magaya can be reached on +254 712 957715 or her brother on +254711529411 or visit her Facebook page;Nyabungu Poultry FARM.

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