Need someone to answer your poultry questions? Need to talk to other poultry farmers about poultry equipment and suppliers, or about poultry farming? Or maybe just compare notes with other small chicken farmers – The South African Poultry Forum is the place to do it. Free registration and membership. Subjects range around chicken layer houses and broiler houses, how and where to get government loans for poultry houses and chicken farming. People talk about poultry disease, best farming practises, and all the tricks of the trade – you will find poultry suppliers and all manner of people involver in the trade.
While chicken farming may be a case of following the basics – it is how you do the basic, and looking for the small changes in your flock. Small changes for you as a human are sometimes big changes for a chicken – a drop of 2 degrees in temperature, for instance, can kill all you baby chicks in a broiler house. Having your chicken house face the wrong way can result in you spending unnecessary money on insulation for your poultry house, and having to install fans. The front of the poultry house, where the door is, should face the rising or setting sun. This will mean that the sun never shines directly onto your curtains or the curtain opening.
Noticing small changes in your chickens, especially when it comes to disease, can save you thousands of Rands – if you catch poultry disease early then you have a good chance of fighting it. Little things like noticing an ammonia smell in your poultry house will inform you that the litter is wet – and if you sort that out quickly it will harm your broilers. If you see your chickens walking on their elbows – then it too late and they will already have a problem – wet litter. Of course if you were paying attention to your chickens and the house you would have picked up early on that the litter was wet – be it from a leaking bell drinker or a dripping nipple on a nipple line. Or perhaps your worker is just being careless when he cleans out the drinkers?
Speaking with other chicken farmers can help you to avoid many of the basic mistakes – the right tip from the right person will help you immensely. That is where the poultry forum is so useful – there are new chicken farmers, experienced chicken farmers, poultry suppliers and a hole host of knowledgeable people in the chicken industry talking and answering questions – if you are an experienced poultry farmer, and are perhaps looking for a place to sell your chickens, or perhaps a place to buy poultry – you may very well find the information on the poultry site.
So – join us to talk poultry, find others who are keen to discuss chicken farming – the poultry forum for small farmers and large farmers alike. The discussion board ahs participants from many countries around the world – but most are South African – and many of them have raised money through government grants and government funding – they can help you raise the money you need. With the right contacts and the right poultry business plan it is quite possible for anyone to start a successful chicken farm – from 200 chickens to 20 000 chickens – whether they be layers for egg production or broilers for meat production.