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Poultry plays an important role in most developing countries, as it contributes to the livelihood of rural smallholder farmers who keep village chickens.

General information on chicken farming is discussed in many booklets on the subject, like Agrodok No. 4: small-scale chicken production. This booklet focuses on upgrading hatching and brooding practices in the free-range poultry flock in order to:

  • Achieve an optimal number of chickens.
  • Implement regular flock replacement.
  • Successfully raise the young chicks through their first 8 weeks of life.

Version 6, 2011