Do you intend to go into poultry farm business and you are stuck between meat or egg production? If so this article was written to help you decide between the two.
Despite the fact that this farming business is a very lucrative business idea; and several people are venturing into it because of the return on investment. However, as a starter, if you don’t know what it takes to produce meat or egg in the poultry farming business, you may find it difficult to fund the business after you have started.
What is Poultry Farming
Poultry farming is the process of raising domesticated birds such as chickens, guinea fowls, ducks, turkeys, and geese for the purpose of its meat or eggs for human consumption.
How can I start a poultry farm?
Provided you have the funds and know-how to raise birds you can easily set-up your poultry farming business with ease.
For instance, you can choose from any of the types of poultry birds you want to farm such as turkey geese, duck, and several others.
But, if you don’t have the funds to invest and you don’t know how to raise poultry birds or you don’t know what is required to run a poultry business you can check my previous article on Poultry farming in Nigeria.
How much money does a poultry farmer make?
Poultry farmers can make a good return from their poultry farm business. However, how much a poultry farmer can make is subjective as this depends on several other factors like:
- Type of Production (Meat or egg)
- The mortality rate of the birds
- Value of the Product in a given location
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What are the types of poultry farming?
When it comes to poultry farming in Nigeria, the most commonly farmed birds are chicken; broiler precisely.
So, for most people chicken is what immediately comes to mind. While it is certainly the most common type of poultry raised in Nigeria, it is not the only kind as there are several other poultry birds.
Below is a list of all the poultry birds you can raise:
- Chicken (Broiler/Fryer. Roaster. Capon. Fowl).
How to decide between meat or egg production in a poultry farm
This is usually a problem if you don’t have the funds to produce both meat and eggs. While both are profitable the expenses for producing meat or eggs are not the same. Therefore, someone might be asking this question Should I produce meat or egg?
Based on my experience from raising birds. I would say it is relatively low in terms of expenses to produce meat instead of eggs.
Broilers are in high demand in Nigeria. As a result, many poultry farmers raise them. Also, broilers grow fast and can be supplied to eateries from six weeks upwards.
You can easily practice small scale business; by raising broilers from the comfort of your home; if you don’t have the funds to acquire a location.
Lastly, it is easy to control the pollution from broilers compare to layers producing the eggs.
You can also meet a farmer already in the business to get a better idea of the one that is less capital intensive.