One hot Sunday morning, being less busy in our porch, I and my friends were talking about home businesses while waiting for others to arrive for our bible studies. This particular guy was starting his kabir raising business and he excitedly shared about it to us. He even took pictures of his very young native (yet bred) kabir hens and their cage on his rooftop and marveled at how in just a few weeks the kabir chicks had grown so big.
But later he frowned, sharing how his kabir hens also quickly died after the few weeks that followed. “It was a wrong thing to keep them on the rooftop directly under the sun. That exposed them to heatstroke,” he warned. Kabir hens were best sheltered in small nipa hut cages, he added.
Did he talk to his kabir hens the way animal pet lovers often do? They say it helps a lot to talk to your pets or domesticated animals. That supposedly lessened stress in them and helped them live longer and healthier. Yup, my bible study friend said. He did talk to his kabir hens but he forgot to tell them not to die.
According to him, all kabir hens ate were discarded vegetables. Even some weeds. He got them for free from a nearby wet market. Better if you fed them with vegetable leftovers you harvested from your own organic garden. Thus, mature kabir hens fed organic food laid organic eggs which are the best eggs for health. You should be eating organic eggs instead of eggs from hens fed with synthetic feeds. If you want these eggs, do a home business raising up native kabir hens.
My friend bought the chicks for P60 each. When they are mature enough, they weigh to 5 kilos each. If a kilo of chicken costs P100 for instance, the return of investment is P440 each hen after 4 to 6 months. If you raised up 10 chicks, that’s P4,400 profit in 5 months with a capitalization of just P600. Not too risky, is it? Just don’t let them unprotected directly under the sun.
How to Grow Them
My friend said, you should feed young kabir chicks with commercial feeds for the first 2 months. After that, you can feed them with discarded vegetables and fruits you can get free from vegetable vendors. And they’re not difficult to raise up because they don’t get sick easily. They don’t need artificial vitamins, antibiotics or steroids. They develop natural resistance to illnesses. And they naturally grow big.
And the best thing is, it’s easy to raise up 10 kabir hens in a small backyard or even your garage. Or put them on your rooftop—just make sure they are sufficiently housed and protected from the sun or heat. What’s important is that they have a small open space to roam around in. Your small savings can grow from this home business.
Images above from my friend’s FB pictures.