In Summary
  • After laying ten tiny eggs each, the hens now insist on incubating them in order to order to manufacture other small hens.
  • I can already foresee myself being featured in a television program that talks about successful farmers who have shaped up their shambas.

I was in the village last week launching my chicken rearing project.

Because I want to create a rags to riches story that I can later publish and make it a masterpiece for motivational talks, I am starting the project from the basics.  

A few weeks back, I bought five young chicks from the neighbour because I want to grow a breed whose the ancestry I’m sure of. They have now blossomed and I can’t keep calm.

After laying ten tiny eggs each, the hens now insist on incubating them in order to order to manufacture other small hens. I can already foresee myself being featured in a television program that talks about successful farmers who have shaped up their shambas.

ENCOUNTER WITH A ROOSTER

Unlike the upmarket layers that are manufactured using electricity powered incubators, village hens reproduce through an intricate life cycle process that takes several months.

First of all, the hen must have an encounter with a rooster before you can be assured that the eggs the hen lays are fertilised and can be used to propagate the future generation of chicken.

To increase your chances of getting a good breed, you let your hens loose so that they can meet the all potent, virile and polygamous village rooster.

A hen that is incubating on her eggs is one moody bird. It displays raging hormones, strange cravings and a really unpredictable temper.

Sometimes the craving leads the hen to eat all the eggs. Just as you are busy counting the chicken before they are hatched,  the hen walks out of the nest after 21days like a celebrated queen.

All you can see in the incubation nest are empty shells after the hen has thanked herself to all the eggs. You regret the day you allowed the hen to incubate on the eggs, and you wish you had made better use of the eggs like converting them to omelette and eating them with  ugali.

HIGH TEMPER

Her temper is also high during the incubation period, and sometimes you are innocently looking for a panga or cooking pan under the table when you ruffle the hen.

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