Growing up in the semi-urban area of Lagos State, Nigeria, there were families around us raising poultry in their backyard, either for sales or consumption, usually for the latter.
Whether on a small scale or large scale, poultry farming is the process of raising domesticated birds such as chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese for the purpose of farming meat, or eggs for food.
Global meat production has tripled over the last four decades and increased by at least 20% in the last 10 years with the industrial countries consuming nearly double the quantity in developing countries.
Poultry production is the fastest growing meat sector after pork, increasing 4.7 percent in 2010 to 98 million tons.
Here is what we know:
- More than 50 Billion chickens are raised annually
- Different types of poultry include Chicken, Goose, Duck, Emu, Turkey, Quail, Peafowl, Guinea fowl, Ostrich, Partridge, Pheasant, Pigeon, Ratite, Rhea
- Poultry can be raised for Meat, Egg, Oil, Leather, Down, Foie gras, Feather, Guard animal, Release for hunting preserves, and Exhibition
- Poultry by-product includes Poultry Litter/Dung – of all animal manure, poultry has the highest amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium
- There are over 400 Chicken Breeds including Rhode Island Red, Sussex chicken, Cochin chicken, Brahma chicken, etc.
- Chicken breeds are distinguished by size, plumage color, comb type, skin color, number of toes, amount of feathering, egg color, and place of origin
- Husbandry System includes Free range, Yarding, and Battery Cage system
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