Small backyard is enough, says expert
DINDIGUL: The small backyard found in each and every house of poor and tiny farmers at remote villages was not just meant for dumping agriculture wastes.
The backyard could be effectively used to make money with a small investment — by rearing country chicken in a systematic fashion, said Raj Daniel, former trainer for rearing of domestic animals and birds in Gandhigram Rural University.
“It gives regular income throughout the year to the household. If you take all preventive measures at the right time and create a hygienic place for the country chickens, they will certainly prove profitable,” he said at a training session for small and tiny farmers here on Friday evening.
Helps meet expenses
While sale of eggs would meet your day-to-day expenses, sale of chicks would help meet weekly expenditure and sale of fully grown birds monthly financial needs of the family to a certain extent.
“The farmers need not invest a huge amount. What you need is a 30-foot long and 15-foot wide open ground.”
Initially, a small farmer could start with one rooster and 10 hens.
After four months, they would start giving yield. Setting up of two 3X3 square small sheds, one for resting at night and other for dining purpose, inside a big shed, is a must for hygienic rearing.
Administering preventive medicines would ensure immunity to the birds, he said.
Trees grown around open shed would help birds to perch on it. Even the birds’ droppings could be used as an organic manure.
Marketing is not a hurdle to farmers as demand for eggs and country chicken meat had been growing every day. Country chicken eggs were being procured at Rs.4 or 5 from farmers, chicks by fresh growers at Rs.15 to Rs.25, and birds’ meat for Rs.140 to 170 a kg.
If cultivation of prime crops failed, poultry would come to the rescue to meet day-to-day expenses.
The session was inaugurated by the District Revenue Officer, K. Chandrasekaran.