Kienyeji chicken are the normal free range chicken found in the villages all over Kenya. They go broody, therefore sit on eggs, they lay a small amount of eggs, say, 15 – 20 eggs then sit on them, then they care for their chicks for around 1.5 months before they start laying again.
They Kienyeji chicken are not known for big size or for laying big size eggs, you can tell a kienyeji chicken by looking at its skin, legs and eyes; they are supposed to be yellow in colour, although the KARI and Kuroiler are now being commercially reared nowadays, if they are left outside to roam around and free range like the Kienyeji, they do start turning yellow just like the Kienyeji, but they won’t go broody, and if they do they do not sit on the eggs for the whole 21 days, they tend to lose interest after a couple of weeks.
Since Kienyeji chicken (indigenous) go broody and also car for their chicks for a month and a half, this means they do not have time to lay a lot of eggs, therefore they lay around 100 eggs per year, the eggs are also small in size and cream or white in colour.
They do not have big bodies like the KARI and Kuroilers, since they have a hard time getting food, looking for bugs and insect, walking all over looking for food, they lose a lot of weight doing so. One can increase their size buy giving them commercial feeds for the 1st month to give them the best start in life.
Some people use the Kienyeji chicken to sit on the eggs and then they remove the chicks and place more eggs for the chicken to sit on them, they can do that for up to 3 times.
We start selling our chicks at day old. Since demand for pure Kienyeji chicks is low, we only hatch pure kienyeji by order.
Day Old Chicks – ksh 70
1 week – ksh 100
2 Weeks – ksh 170
4 weeks – Ksh 260 .
Fertile Eggs – Ksh 900 per tray.