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KALRO/ KARI Improved Chicks

At Ziwani Poultry we sell good strong chicks. KALRO chicken, formally known a KARI Improved Kienyeji are excellent layers. We start selling our chicks at one week old to ensure they are strong enough for their new home. We are committed to improving poultry farming in Kenya


Day Old  – ksh 85
1 week – ksh 100
2 Weeks – ksh 150
3 Weeks – ksh 200
4 weeks – Ksh 260 .

Fertile Eggs – Ksh 900  per tray.

Heat is required for up to 4 weeks therefore for farmers who don’t have brooder can buy our 4 weeks old chicks

The minimum order for chicks is 50 (if you are buying chicks under 2 week old), this is to make sure they keep each other warm while they are being transported to their new home. For farmers buying 3+ weeks old chicks – minimum order is 10 chicks

KARI Improved Kienyeji Chicken was developed after years of intensive research under the National Poultry Development Programme.


Before leaving our hatchery vaccinates the chicks from the deadly Marek’s disease . We also provides the farmers with a vaccination schedule against:- Gumboro Newcastle, Fowl pox etc

KARI improved Kienyeji are easy to maintain since they can be kept under the free range system or deep litter depending on your financial ability and objectives.

Those who want them to mature faster or produce more eggs should keep them in a semi-intensive or deep litter system. This way the chickens don’t spend a lot of energy. As mentioned about, KARI Improved chicken are dual-purpose, therefore farmers have an option of keeping them as layers, for meat or both.

When fed with quality feeds available from accredited manufacturers, a hen can reach up to 1.5kg in five months and a cock weighs 2.1kg. A hen starts laying at 5 month old and can produce between 200 and 250 eggs a year, while Kuroiler lays 150 – 180 eggs. KALRO hens lays bigger eggs (size) compared to both Kuroiler and Kienyeji.

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  1. Ford sore says:

    If i need one day old chicks and i stay in kakamega how do i get them?

    1. Hi, We are located in Thika, Garissa Road but we also supply our eggs and chicks from Kassarani, Nairobi. If you purchase the eggs we’ll take them to a courier or your local Shuttles and pay a seat then you pay for the package to be delivered to you. How many eggs do you want to buy? please call me on 0708 923 991 for more information.

  2. Fred says:

    Am in Busia, I would like to buy 1000 one week old after next month, is it possible?

    1. Hi Musundi,
      Yes you can buy them from us, When exactly do you want them, do you want 1 week old Kuroiler chicks and will you be coming to collect them or do you want us to arrange transportation on your behalf?
      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry

  3. Stephen Kingori says:

    How many Kari chicken can I keep on a 55’X20′ sleeping area with 60’X30′ open area? And do you have a buy back program i.e. can I offload my eggs thru you?

  4. PHILIP BARASA says:

    hi ziwani,am happy with the will tto share information that u guys have,coz the main challenge is people are not willing to say the truth and only intrested in money.
    my issue relates to the production pattern of the kari kienyeji,
    1.what is the laying weight
    2.period for start of laying
    3.egg production per month or year
    4.feed consumption in grms per day at point of lay.

    kindly share the above

    1. Please see the table below on how much feeds chick and pullets eat in a day then multiply it with the number of your chick/chicken..

      Age Grams/day
      1 week 15g
      2 weeks 20g
      3 weeks 35g
      4 – 6 weeks 50g
      7 – 8 weeks 60g
      16 – 21 weeks 80g
      Adult 100g

      Just add like 10% of feeds just in case.

      Please have a look at the link below to lower feed costs.


      A1. Laying weight id around 1.8kgs
      A2. They will start laying at around 5 months depending on how you feed them (less feeds means they will delay in starting to lay)
      A3. They produce 200 – 250 eggs per year; this depends on the feeds too and also you need to remember chicken are easily stressed so you need to make sure you eliminate anything that can cause them stress (if they are stressed = stop laying = less eggs)
      A4. I have added the feeds consumption above from a day old till they start laying.

      KARI and Kuroilers are almost the same the only difference are the laying weight of Kuroiler whick would be over 2kgs. Also Kuroiler consume more feeds compared to KARI I would say around 15% more. In addition Kuroiler lay less eggs per year (150 – 180) and smaller eggs to KARI, although Kuroiler are bigger than KARI they produce smaller eggs; don’t ask me why, no idea.

  5. kimani says:

    send me manual on chicken rearing i have paid , mobile 0722604012, ref JH23THUZMF.Also where is your are you located in kasarani

    1. Hi Kimani,

      I’ve sent it

      kind regards
      Ziwani poultry

  6. George Omondi says:

    Hi Ziwani Farm,

    Would like to get the Chicken Rairing Manual and also just to ask do you know any company selling fair Basic Chicken feed (Maize Jam). Am looking at getting a first batch of 200 one week old chicks.

    Kind Regards

    1. Hi George,

      We offer the Kienyeji rearing manual for free to our customers, therefore if you want the manual you need to place an order and pay 20% then we’ll sell the manual (soft copy) via email to you. 1 week old chick goes for Ksh100.

      Many Thanks
      Ziwani Poultry

  7. Peter mweru says:

    Hi am from uganda in manafwa district in elgon zone. I have the love to poultry business. I need one week 100 kari birds can they be delived in mbale thru gateway or crown bus?

    1. Hi Peter,

      We’ll check with the bus service and advice accordingly.
      Many Thanks
      Ziwani Poultry

  8. Abu Aaishah says:

    Congrats Ziwani Poultry, i have been doing some research and it shows your products and back up / support is greatly appreciated by the customers. Keep it up.
    I am planning to start with 300 layers as i have prepared the bandas and want to buy 1 week old. Is it possible to deliver at Mackinon area, just off mombasa / nairobi highway ? Kind regards

    1. Hi Abu,

      Thanks for your kind words. As discussed on the phone, we have a drop off area at Thika Road Mall in Kasarani Nairobi. you can collect from there.

      Many Thanks
      Ziwani Poultry

  9. Katavo mwendapole says:

    I am from Arusha Tanzania I would like to start a commercial poultry business and would like to buy 1000 kari chicken from you and also 1000 kuroiler chicken please advise me on the size of a house for 2000 chick’s. Also apart from keeping kari and kuroiler chicken do you also keep other breeds like Jersey Giants and Sussex light and other exotic birds? Thanks

    1. Hi Katavo,

      When do you want to receive the chicks? 1 chicken will requre a space of 2 sq ft, therefore a house of 2000 chicken will need to be 4000Sq ft (133.5ft by 30ft). Please visit our website and click on the Downloads page where you will find more printable advice on Chicken house and vaccination schedule.

      We have other breeds but we haven’t started selling them, it will take a few more months before we start offering them to farmers. However, we have Peking ducks now for sale. The prices will be added soon on our website.

      Many Thanks
      Ziwani Poultry

  10. Nixon Bukachi says:

    Hi. Can the kari and kurolia chicken be reared on free range. How long then you will they start to lay eggs and be able to be ready for sale (meat)

    1. Hi Nixon,

      Yes they can be reared together as free range. The only problem I’ve noticed is that they will take time to grow because they lose alot of energy running around. You also need to make sure they get enough food because they will have eaten all the grass around in a couple of weeks.

      Many Thanks
      Ziwani Poultry

  11. Denis Ronoh says:

    a’m Denis Ronoh from Kericho, i want 100 1month KARI improved Kinyeji chicken. will you send it to me after paying for it or i must collect myself?

    1. Hi Denis,

      Please call us on 0708923991 for more details on how to make a booking. I think you will have to collect them as shuttle and bus services to Rift Valley, Nyanza and western region do not accept to transport unaccompanied chicks.

      Many Thanks
      Ziwani Poultry

  12. john maridany rotich says:

    is it possible,i want 50chicks blend of 25 kuroiler and 25 kari kienyeji.pls advice.Thank you.

    1. Hi John,

      You can mix and match the way you want.

      Many Thanks
      Ziwani Poultry

  13. Kanani Nyambele says:

    Im in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and I need 100 pure breeds of kuroiler and 100 of Kari, is it possible sending chicks to Dar es salaam?. If possible tell me the total cost and duration it will take to deliver. I want 2 wks old chicks.

    1. Hi Kanani,

      Thank you for the enquiry. we haven’t sent them to Dar before, the farthest we have sent to in Arusha. I’ll enquire and revert.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry Farm Team

  14. Jadiel says:

    can kari kienyeji brood to hatch chicks by themselves or you need another hatcher?

    1. Hi Jadiel,

      Kari hardly go broody; you will get about 5 out of 100 hen that would want to sit on the eggs, and most of the time they wont go all the way till the eggs are hatched. they will loose interest half way through. But you might get some that would go all the way and be good mothers.

      Kari are made to give you more eggs and that means making sure they do not waste their time sitting on eggs. While other chicken are sitting on the eggs the Kari hen is still laying. You can use our incubation service to get your eggs incubated at ksh20 per eggs.


      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry Farm team.

      1. Peter Mwangi says:

        How old should a fertilized egg be before being taken to the brooder?eg,1 month after being laid or age doesn’t matter?

        1. Hi Peter,

          It should not be more than 10 days old. We advice farmers to try their best to incubate them at 7 days (week old), but if you cant then make sure its no more than 10 days old. Hatchability drops with age.

          Kind Regards
          Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

  15. bree kemmy says:

    is it a must for me to order both kari qnd kuroiler 50 50 or i can get both at 25 to total up to 50

    1. Hi Bree,

      You can order 25 of each breed, as long as you have 50 chicks in the box.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry Farm Team

  16. pande sandra says:

    hey thanx for your services can I receive 100 week old in Kampala Uganda and what’s the cost

  17. joseph says:

    how many jogoos do i need for 50 chickens so as to get maximu eggs?

    1. Hi Joseph,

      The best ration from experience is 6:1.

      Kind regards
      Ziwani oultry

  18. Julius says:


    Do you have 4 week old KARI Kienyeji? And where exactly are you located in Thika?

    1. Hi Julius,

      We have 2 weeks old at the moment, therefore you will be able to get 4 weeks old in 2 weeks time. please call us on 0708923991 to make the booking.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry Farm

  19. joseph says:

    How will i know whether the package consist of cocks only or mixture

    1. Hi Joseph,

      You can select the number of male and females that you want, but day old chicks and week old chicks are a bit hard to tell, we can try to select them for you with a 90% accuracy.

      You can select all Males if you want.

      Many thanks
      Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

  20. Abdi says:

    I am in Mandera, Kenya. i want to purchase 4 weeks old chicks. where is the nearest place where i can purchase . Do you have chicks older than 4 weeks like 17-20 weeks old. have the 4 weeks old chicks recieved all the vaccinations required?.

    1. Hi Abdi,

      Please Call us on 0708923991, We have never sent to Mandera before and I don’t think it would be possible to send them that far unaccompanied. you can ask a friend to travel with them.

      Many thanks
      Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

  21. Joyce says:

    hi..i would like to order KARI chicks 4weeks old.am in nakuru how can i get them please

    1. Hi Joyce,

      please call us on 0708923991 to order.

      Many thanks
      Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

  22. Ramadhan salim says:

    Hi is it possible to put kienyeji layers in cages?

    1. Hi Ramadhan,

      yes you can keep them in cages.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry Team

  23. MERCY says:

    How would i get 100 one /two week old chicks in nyeri and at how much

    1. Hi Mercy,

      We can send them via shuttle but you pay for the transport from Thika to Nyeri. the cost will depend on the size of the package. You need to let us know if you want 1 or 2 weeks old.
      1 week old chick = Ksh100
      2 weeks old chick = Ksh160

      Let us know your preference and when you want them.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

  24. Margaret kimani says:

    If I want to buy 4 weeks KARI kienyenji, will they have received all vaccinations

    1. Hi Margaret,

      We sell 4 weeks old (month old) KARI chicks at Ksh260 each. They will have received vaccination till 4 week (Newcastle Vaccine at 28 days old), there are more vaccination beyond 4 weeks that you will need to vaccinate them from other Virus infections Please click the link below for a full Vaccination schedule.


      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

  25. sarah says:

    Am very grateful for the information, just to request if by chance a customer requires to buy 5 three weeks old chicks, kindly is it possible for you to join us so that i buy the other 5?

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Unfortunately we do not sell less than 50 chicks; Day old to 2 weeks old.
      if you want to buy 5 chicks you will have to buy from 3 weeks old and above. The reason being, they need to keep each other warm as their travel and if they are below 50 chicks they will die of cold by the time they reach your home/farm.

      At 3 weeks old and above they are old enough they do not need heating

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

  26. sarah says:

    Am very much interested and would like to start my backyard birds.

    1. Hi Sarah,

      How many chicks would you want to start with and when?

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

  27. ABEID NOEL says:

    thanks for the information. do you offer labaratory sevices for farmers formulating their own feeds to test if their feeds ar of the right quality?

    1. Hi Abeid,

      No we do not offer Lab service, the Kari in Naivasha do the testing.

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

  28. mercy Rutonye says:

    Hi, i would like to buy (10) 3 weeks old kienyeji chicks at your kasarani branch on 07/10/17. kindly let me know where you are located.

    1. Hi Mercy,

      I am afraid we do not have a Kasarani branch anymore. we have moved all activities to our Farm in Thika.

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

  29. hamisi says:

    I stay in dar es salaam. I need 500 kari chicken female.

    1. Hi Hamisi,

      When do you need them and at what age?
      I would advice day old because of the long distance.

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

    2. Hi Hamisi,

      We can only send them via air to Dar because of the distance, alternatively you can collect them from our farm.

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

  30. Alphonce Odera says:

    Hi. Am in kitengela and I have a disused 16 cubicle pig sty that I want to convert to chicken. How many can I hold in a cubicle of 3mx3m? Do you offer extension services to new farmers?

    1. Hi

      One chicken needs 2 square feet (1ft x 2ft). so do the maths.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry

  31. Priscillah Andeso says:

    Thank you for advice,if I buy cocks and hens from you,is it ok to use the eggs fertilised for incubation. I have an incubator?

    1. Yes you can buy both male and females from us, we’ll get them from different batches that are unrelated. Therefore they will be ok to breed together

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

  32. Hashora Mwanguku says:

    Hallo Ziwani paultry, Am interested in having 50 of Kari one week old improved and currently in Msambweni and the nearest town is ukunda
    Please advise

    1. Hi Hashora,

      We can send them to Mombasa for you. As you know the night bus services have been suspended by the ministry of transport for now, therefore we can only send the chicks to you during the day.

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Happy Team

  33. Naomi Kimarua says:

    Hi, am in Nakuru, I need 100 4wks chicks. Do I have to collect them myself or you can send them via courier?

    1. Hi Naomi,

      We can send them to you in Nakuru using shuttles from Thika. Call us on 0708923991.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Happy team

  34. Kimani says:

    If I need 300 KARI sexed day old chicks how soon can I get them and at how much when collecting from your farm. Also give me terms of payment.

    1. Hi Kimani,

      Sexed day old are Ksh90 each, you can get them on Thursday 25 Jan, 2018.

      you pay 20% of your order through Mpesa 0708923991. you also need to call us for directions on where to collect and for a chat, you might also require some advice if you have never reared chicks before. We also have a free Kienyeji Rearing Manual ((soft copy) that we can email it to you when you send the deposit, all we need is your email address.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Happy team

  35. were says:

    can deliver 10 4weeks old to Mumias?
    is the price negotiable?

    1. Hi Were,

      When it comes to Leghorn we only sell day old, with a minimum of 50 chicks.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Happy team

  36. Brian ndirangu says:

    Hi do kari kienyeji brood?

    1. Hi Brian,

      They do not Brood, but you would definitely get one or two that go broody. Some go broody but when you give them eggs they tend to lose interest before the 21 days are are over, therefore abandoning the eggs.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Happy team

  37. Esther Njeri says:

    How much do you sell 4 weeks old karlo kienyenji chick

    1. Hi Esther,

      They are Ksh260 each.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Happy team

  38. Francis says:

    Hi, are the prices quoted for both the layers and cockerels?

    1. Hi Francis,

      The price is for both Hen and Cockerels.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry

  39. Hellen says:

    Hi. Am based in Eldoret. can u send the chicks to eld. i eish to place my order

    1. Hi Hellen,

      Yes we do send them to Eldoret, When do you want them and at what age?

      Many Thanks
      Ziwani Poultry Team

  40. Liz says:

    I’m really impressed by u.
    Preparing to get my next batch from u.

    1. Thanks, Contact us when ready to make the booking.

      Many Thanks
      Ziwani Happy Team

  41. Fridah says:

    Hi, I would like to buy 3 or 4weeks old kari kienyeji chicks. Am in Homabay do you deliver?

    1. Hi Fridah,

      yes we can send them to you, but you pay for the transport cost.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry Team

  42. Robert Ngari says:

    Is there a whatsapp number please.

    1. Yes we have a WhatsApp no. +254 708923991

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry Team

  43. Am interested in buying improved Kari 1000day one will collect them personally ,after ordering who Long will they take ? Will also need ferterised eggs

    1. Hi Hodge,

      It will take a week from the time you place the order.

      Many Thanks
      Ziwani Poultry farm

  44. ROBERT says:

    hallo,am in mombasa and would like to obtain 200 KARI day olds are u able to supply me since am a bit held and can’t come there personally?

    1. Hi Robert,

      Yes we can send them to you in Mombasa. When would you like the chicks? Please contact us on 0708923991

      Many Thanks
      Ziwani Poultry.

  45. EDWIN MOSIRIA says:

    i need three weeks hold hens about 10 can i get them at a cheap price and am located at narok.

    1. Hi Edwin,

      They are ksh200 each; KARI Improved kienyeji.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry

  46. Chris says:

    I need 1 day old/ 1 week old chicks. Where are you located in Kasarani?

    1. Hi Chris,

      We are not located only in Thika, but we can send them to you in Kasarani or Nairobi CBD.

      Many Thanks
      Ziwani Poultry

  47. Mbandi Dorithy Njuki says:

    Im in embu,would like 30,4wks old chicks,25 females and 5 cocks,how do l place my order

    1. Hi Mbandi,

      Call us on 0708923991 to make your order. You can collect at our farm in Ngoliba Thika or we can send them to you at a fee, depending on your location.

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Farm

  48. Paul says:

    Hi am Paul from mwingi.can Kari kienyeji do well in hot areas?

    1. Paul says:

      How much does a 5 month Kari improved laying chicken cost

      1. Hi Paul,

        They are Ksh1000 each

        Kind Regards,
        Ziwani Poultry Farm

    2. Hi Paul,

      Yes they do well, We are in Ngoliba, along Garissa Road whick is a hot area just like Mwingi.

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Farm

  49. chris johnes says:

    thanks ziwani. I need 50 week old chicks.am in nyeri.what is the price and how long will it take after ordering

    1. Hi Chris,

      They are available at the moment. Just call us to make your order.

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Farm

  50. Irene says:

    hey Ziwani,
    i need 10 4 weeks kari improved kienyenji, am in Embu how do i get them

    1. Hi Irene,

      4 weeks old KARI improved chicks are Ksh260 each, When do you require them? We can send them to you in Embu.

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Farm

  51. Clinton Lihanda says:

    Hi am from kitale and I want 1wk old. How can I get them? I need 50 of them please. Then the condition in kitale is cool and wet is it possible for me to keep them here? Lastly how much does it cost to be transported from where they are? Thanks. Expecting your response eagerly.

    1. Hi Clinton,

      Week old chicks are Ksh100 each, we can send them to you in Kitalle, I think they will cost around Ksh400 for the whole package from Nairobi to Kitale via Shuttle service.
      They can do well in cold and wet climate too.
      When do you require them?

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Farm

  52. janet says:

    hey i need10 4wks old kari and 10 4wks kuroilers how urgent can i get then

    1. Hi Janet,

      Yes we do have them at a cost of ksh260 each. Where are you located?

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry Farm

  53. Anne says:

    Hello, am based in Juja and would like to order 4 weeks white leghorn (10), much would they cost and how long will the order take.

    1. Hi Anne,

      We only sell Leghorn at day old and you need to book them in advance.

      kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry

    2. Hi Anne,

      We only sell Leghorn at day old and you need to book them at least 3 weeksin advance.

      kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry

  54. Mohamed Gas says:

    Dear Ziwani Team,

    I need to open my new Poultry farm In Hargeisa Somalia I need to buy 4 to 5 Thousend 1 day old Can You deliver o somalia ? is it possible?

    1. Hi Mohamed,

      Contact us on +254 708923991 to talk to one of our sales officers.

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry team

  55. Bradon Mwirigi says:

    How may i get 20 4 weeks old chicks in Meru, is it possible?

    1. Hi Bradon,

      yes we can send them to Meru. KARI improved are Ksh260 each.

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry team

  56. Wambui says:

    Hi Ziwani,

    I have seen what you offer.

    I need 50 pieces 4-weeks chicks. i live at South B – Nairobi. How do i get them? Recommend the feeds brand to buy.

    1. Hi Wambui,

      4 weeks old KARI Improved chicks are Ksh260 each, we can send them to you to collect from Nairobi CBD, You need to feed them on chick mash till they are 2 months old, then you introduce growers Mash.

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry team

  57. Judith Kalya says:

    in Eldoret,
    I need 100 chicks,1 week old

    1. Hi Judith,

      Please contact us on 0708923991. We can send them to you via shuttle service.

      Kind Regards,
      Ziwani Poultry team

  58. Eugene says:

    Can I get 200 chicks this coming Friday?

    1. Hi Eugene,

      Yes you can get 200 chicks on Friday. where are you located? all us on 0708923991

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry

  59. john Gioche says:

    I would like to come to the farm tomorrow 13/9/2018 and purchase 50 Kari improved chicks 1 month old. are they available?

    1. Hi John,

      Yes that is ok, they are available.

      Many thanks
      Ziwani Poultry farm

  60. Elijah olonde says:

    Wel done

  61. Rotich says:

    am in thika ,so where I you located

    1. Hi Rotich,

      We are in Ngoliba along Garissa Road.

      Kind Regards
      Ziwani Poultry Team

  62. kizito Nicholas says:

    Good work
    Please let know if yo u have ever sold to someone in Busia. are you able to send also by courier. what would be an estimate cost for 50 birds (1 week old) Please reply me by mail

  63. Margaret Mutinda nzioka says:

    I would like 50 of them, how can I get them

  64. Joseph kamau says:

    I am Joe . l need 400 one day old Kuroiler on 15th dec 2018 is it possible. If yes how much deposit?

    1. Hi Joseph,

      Yes you can get them on 15th. Please call us on 0708923991 to make your booking.

      Many thanks
      Ziwani Poultry Team

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