Three siblings’ poultry dream makes wings fly
Benjamin Jaoko, 39, Samuel Opondo, 28, and Keith Odek, 24, saw a gap in poultry farming and decided to take advantage of it.
They created the Modern Homestead Poultry Farm in Yala, Siaya County.
âWe mainly deal with poultry farming. We cover and supply chicks of all stages, from one day to eight weeks old, âsays Jaoko.
“We started this project in 2020 on the brink of a pandemic, but it was our long-standing dream and passion.”
They started with a capital of Sh 10,000, which they used to buy 50 chicks and cover other costs.
âWe started with 50 chicks that we bought from a local hatchery in Kisumu. We mainly breed Kuroilers, a variety of improved kienyeji, âreveals the farmer.
âAs the name suggests, this is a family property project that only needs limited space (house). We use Bidco feed for our poultry. We normally feed them twice a day; it’s morning and evening, âhe notes, adding that they buy poultry feed from the Bidco dealer in Kisumu.
Mr. Jaoko says they currently have 1,000 birds, but there was a time when they had around 1,500.
The young entrepreneurs do not sell eggs, but hatch them to obtain chicks which they sell to customers in various parts of the country.
âWe sell chicks of all stages, from one day to eight weeks old,â adds the farmer.
The three siblings use a free range and deep litter system for raising poultry.
“We sell day-old chicks at Sh 115 each, week-old chicks at Sh 145, Sh 175 at two weeks, Sh 215 at three weeks,” Jaoko explains.
They sell four weeks at Sh265, five weeks at Sh285, six weeks Sh315, seven weeks Sh340 and eight weeks Sh365.
âWe use online marketing platforms and a website to attract our customers. These include Mkulima Young, WhatsApp, Facebook, Jiji, Instagram, Google, among others, âreveals Jaoko.
The trio have faced a number of challenges in their professional journey. Pests and diseases, such as Newcastle, are some of the drawbacks they encounter. Market uncertainty and the high cost of poultry feed are other key obstacles they face.
Poultry manure is a business spinoff. They use the chicken droppings to grow crops and the surplus they sell to other farmers.
âThis is a good company that I know for sure, but needs dedication and passion that drives you. I would like to say to those who want to start, have no fear,â Mr. Jaoko advises aspiring entrepreneurs.
âWe plan to expand and grow and reach the entire universe, at a time when the world is moving away from red meat. White meat is ideal for creating a source of income, âadvises the breeder.
Their income depends on the market and the sales they make.
âWe would like to reach out to the community in which we live, eventually our country and ultimately the whole world. We will interact with other farmers and help where we can, âsays the farmer.