In 2013, the NKSE team was on a quest to identify the ideal business opportunity that would become NKSE’s fourth business line. At that time, NKSE had three business lines: dairy, consumer products and agribusiness. In December 2013, after months of research and analysis, the team decided to venture into the world of poultry.
The NKSE team decided that in its first phase, the poultry division would specialize in the production of high quality eggs. Eggs in Kuria West are currently imported from Uganda. The goal was to launch commercial layers, rearing from one-day-old chicks to mature egg-producing chickens). Supplying eggs in Kuria would generate jobs and give locals access to higher quality eggs.
We started construction of our first poultry shed in February 2014 and our team worked around the clock to complete the shed in 3 months.
The poultry shed was completed in mid-March 2014, including the nesting boxes and room walls. The boxes were built in a slanted fashion so eggs can roll into a padded hidden shelf below the easy collection. Black curtains covering the nesting boxes provide the shade chickens require when laying eggs. The installed drinking system provides chickens with constant access to water without the need for an attendant to replenish anything.
The large silver structures are the feeders for adult chickens. Younger chicks are confined to a much smaller area until they mature because they require constant high temperatures. Once the chicks are fully grown, they can roam freely throughout the shed.
In May 2014, the one-day old chicks arrived in Isebania. We’re starting with 2,700 chickens and expect lose 200 based on industry mortality rates. After six months’ time, the chicks will mature and begin laying eggs.
The standard mortality rate for one-day-old chicks is 4%. NKSE has maintained a mortality rate below 2% thanks to its hard working poultry attendants, Robert and Michael. After the chicks fully mature in November 2014, each healthy chicken should lay an average of 5-6 eggs per week.