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How To Raise and Breed Native Chickens

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Native chickens or the free-range chickens that some raisers also call “Galang” chicken are relatively easy to raise and breed under a large farm with enough of the requirements. What’ best with native chickens is that they have natural high resistance against pests and diseases to which they were found to be lesser prone according to research.

Raising Requirements

The requirements in raising native chickens are easy and almost quite easy to understand to be a must. First you have to have a place with secured fence at least half a hectare to let them stray and find food and shelter naturally and allow them to blend with the environment. There is a big need to have an open range to dwell advised by research to at least .5 hectare.

Places with equal distribution of natural rain is needed as well as vegetation with which the native chickens can take daily food from insects and worms. A naturally free flowing water would be best becuse it is a place where chickens clean themselves and play around when the weather is quite hot.

A small chicken house is also needed for breeding and shelter for chickens and this can be built from scraps like bamboo poles, nipa leaves, coco lumber logs and more. Make an improvised brooders house as well as individual nests where the hens can lay eggs.

Medical Care

Although medical care for native chickens isn’t much of a must, if you want to get bigger production results, you have to use medical management such as de-worming liquids, electrolyte and a regular weekly detergent bath would do best to keep them away from pests and parasites. This ensures a healthy chicken and more added weight for higher selling price at the end of the process of breeding. Larger eggs also depend on this process which means additional earnings with bigger eggs from healthy chickens.

Initial Investment

According to some research studies, there are basically two types of investment you can start off with. Small scale enterprise will cost you at least Php 10,000.00 which will include 10 breeder pullets and 2 rosters. Medium scale can cost you at least Php 35,000.00 which will include at least  40 breeder pullets and 4 roosters. The estimate to this is based on a study that each breeder or roster costs Php 150.00 per head. Estimates however is all in with housing, medical costs, feeds, maintenance and everything.

Return on Investment Calculation

By calculations I found at the agripinoy website to which some of the information found here is taken from, the return on investment based on studies are the following.

  • Eggs – As much as 96%
  • Meat – As much as 181%

Now, even with the details I posted here, there is always room for improvement which we know takes place when experience sets in for breeders and raisers of native chickens like you. It will all depend on your own skills to adapt to your problems as well as through your actual experiences.

8 Responses to “How To Raise and Breed Native Chickens”

  • marlo says:

    Thank you very much for having published this article on raising native chicken. This will certainly help a lot of people like me who are looking for simple and doable livelihood projects, suitable in rural areas.

    Hoping to get some more related information on this regard. More power to you!

    • Philippines Review says:

      Thank you very much Marlo for the very nice positive feedback on this article of our regarding the how to raise and / or breed native chickens.

  • Syed Feiruz Binyahya says:

    I have some questions.
    1. How long does the native chicken grow from day old chicks to saleable weight?
    2. How many eggs on the average does the pullet lay in 1 year?
    3. Do you have any advice for small scale farmers on the ratio of feed that can be used from farm residue for the native chickens that can save cost and still maintain health and productivity?
    I would appreciate your positive feedback.

  • brad hoadley says:

    Hi a silly question , I assume the hens will lay eggs even when no rooster are around to fertilize them, these we use for eating eggs.

    I have a family member insisiting the native Philippine hens wont lay eggs if a rooster is not around.

  • michael bardley says:

    Yes Philiipine Native Chicken require roosters to lay eggs. Remember laying mash is a diet tailored to make chickens lay eggs and balance their diet. Here they just scattered all over the place. They’re allowed to get their supplemental diet besides their regular feed. Sometimes, they get crossbred with the imported gamefowl and that would upgrade their physical size but still, hardiness to rain and hot weather is one of the key features of our Philippine Native Chicken.

  • Evan says:

    is it ok if we vaccinate our laying hens even if they are in their picks of laying eggs?

  • Toti says:

    Will someone show me a pic or describe what is a true Philippine Native Chicken.

  • fernando parro says:

    a true native chicken is in the jungle which derived as native chicken in our community a chick we raise is crossbreed already,this my reply to toti says.

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