Common name          Domestic and Wild Birds

Scientific name           Galloanserae (fowl)   

Shona          Shiri dzemumusha nedzemusango


Members of the poultry groups found in households (domesticated) and in the wild are a very viable option to the broilers and layers-despite maturing later than them.

Many rural low-income farmers breed road-runner chickens for purpose of supplementing their meat requirements and this greatly lowers their annual meat bill. However, due to health concerns by many urban dweller, the consumption of these and other lean meats from the poultry group is now on an upward trend. Besides road runners, the other viable types of poultry farmers may rear for household and commercial purposes (local and export markets) are ostrich, emu, domesticated turkey, ducks, guinea fowl, and a variety of indigenous bird species. Eggs from some of these poultry species have been found to be more nutritious than the domesticated layer eggs.

They can be bred for large scale, efficient meat production and although they are slower in growing than the commercialised broilers, many poultry breeds have now been bred for faster growth rates and dual purposes (meat and eggs). The larger birds (emu and ostrich) also do produce other commercially valuable products with huge export markets, such as feathers and skin.

Just like the broiler, some of these poultry breeds now boast of competitive advantages like:

  1. a high body weight, with good carcass quality, over the shortest possible period of time using the minimum amount of regular feed,
  2. birds that possess the correct body conformation, which will feather rapidly and have a minimal mortality rate,
  3. a number of other products (or by-products) with export markets

Our iQFarmer Poultry Manuals will introduce you to profitable poultry production, covering:

  1.  Housing Design
  2.  Pre-Placement Procedures
  3.  Chick Placement Procedures
  4.  Growth Management
  5.  Ventilation Management
  6.  Water Management
  7.  Nutrition Management
  8.  Catching and Slaughtering Procedures
  9.  Bio-Security and Sanitation
  10.  Bird Health (Diseases and Disorders)
  11.  Record Keeping
  12.  Value Addition
  13.  Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices (CSAP)
  14.  Poultry Economics and Entrepreneurship

You will also find a program on poultry production which we hope will help you to select the most cost-effective solutions and profitable combinations in setting up a profitable agricultural enterprise.

Download Poultry Manual


Download Poultry Program