Due to the popularity of different types of chickens in the Philippines, you may think that raising native chickens is no longer fashionable. But the truth is, you can still make money by raising and breeding native chickens! You know, a lot of consumers are looking for native chicken for a variety of reasons. So if you’re looking for a livelihood that doesn’t require high capital, why not try raising native chickens?
This article will discuss the basic information on proper poultry care. Come and learn how to take care of native chickens!
Native chicken in the Philippines
There are restaurants that prefer to serve native chicken to their beloved customers because the taste of native chicken is more delicious compared to broiler chickens, or 45 days chicken. But since most farmers are obsessed with caring for 45 days for a bigger income, restaurant owners often have a hard time finding a regular source of native chicken. Another reason is due to the inequality of size, weight, and meat quality of native chickens. This is why farmers are less interested in raising native chickens. But, read this article to see that it is still possible to earn money by raising native chickens even without spending a lot of money.
Proper care of native chicken
The native chicken is easier to care for compared to other breeds of chickens because of its ability to take care of itself. You don’t have to buy a lot of commercial feeds and medicine for native chickens. Once you have created a good habitat and pasture for these chickens, they will look for their own food. The good pasture will provide them with proper nutrition; insects, grains, and leaves needed for the health of chickens.
Similar to the commercial production of broiler chickens, adequate nutrition is needed to supply their growth and spawning. You need to adjust the grazing schedule of your chickens in each part of the pasture to ensure that the plants or weeds grow back properly.
Just like raising broiler chickens, native chickens also need vitamins and minerals as well as clean water to be healthy. If your pasture does not have an adequate supply of the aforementioned, you will need to provide feeds as a supplement to what your native chickens eat.
You can mix your own patuka with ingredients that are not too expensive. This will save you up to half the original cost compared to if you just rely on commercial feeds.
Supplementary feeding to native chickens is done every morning and afternoon to teach them where they need to go home. As already mentioned, it will also help to maintain the health of your pet chickens.
The pasture should be capable of feeding native chickens. You need to plant grass or plants for them to eat. Just make sure the plants you plant are actually edible and nutritious. Avoid plants that you are not sure if you can eat or not. Remember that there are plants that are poisonous for pets!
Here are some of the grasses and plants you can give to your chicken or pasture them.
- Corn, rice
- Carabao grass
- Guinea grass
- Sweet potato
- Azolla, and many more
To make your care of native chickens easier, you can feed them leftovers on the table or in the kitchen. Fruit and vegetable skins are also eaten by native chickens. Just make sure they have an adequate supply of drinking water for the whole day.
Advantage of chicken meat over broiler chicken meat
Consumers prefer native chicken as opposed to broiler-type or 45 days chicken for so many reasons. Mainly, the taste and flavor of natural or native chicken meat are unique. Its meat is also sweet and less fatty.
So if you’re looking for a livelihood, try raising native chickens. It can increase your family income without the need for large capital, energy, or time.
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