How To Setup A Chicken Farm In Ethiopia

Chicken Farming in Ethiopia is probably one of the most lucrative poultry farming business you can do in Ethiopia especially when it is setup and managed properly. The farmers we currently have are not producing enough poultry and will not be enough even in the next ten years! This aspect of livestock farming presents one of the finest opportunity for entrepreneurs to make good money within the shortest period of time possible. This is made possible by the quick maturity of chicken.

The market is always here waiting to be tapped. The demand for eggs is so high that people go about everyday looking for where to buy eggs for supply. So, how exactly can anyone who wish to start chicken farming in Ethiopia be able to go about it and come out very profitable? This article will cover a lot of ground, and it is written based on personal experience and continually updated to make sure the information here is as accurate as possible at all time.

This very post will take more critical look at the business and how entrepreneurs who are interested in this business in Ethiopia could start easily without wasting much time and resources. Anyone can engage in chicken farming business, it
doesn’t matter your educational or financial background. You can start at any level and grow as big as you want with time. The most important thing is that you are interested in starting somewhere.

This articles will focus on how to start small and grow big which I think will interest anyone with limited financial capacity who wants to start small without involving much risks.

One of the factors that makes chicken farming business ideal is because chickens grows very fast. Unlike goats that takes 2 to 3 years to mature, a chicken can be ready for the market within 28 weeks from birth. That is why it is considered ideal business for loan takers who may actually invest the loan and within 30 to 40 weeks, they may start paying back through the money realized from sells. That is if everything goes well as planned.

Profit Potential In Poultry Farming Business

1. Chicken Reproduce Fast:

Average healthy Layer lays egg almost everyday or at least 4 times in a week. Some Breeds can lay as much as 325 eggs in a year and take 21 days to hatch. This means that technically a Layer is capable of producing another chicken twice in three days.

So, if you have 500 healthy layers of good breeds (such as California white) they are capable of reproducing a whooping 12,000 chicks within 40 days!

2. Chicken Grows Very Fast:

Within 21 days, the egg is hatched and within 28 weeks, they are ready for the market. That means a farmer may start making his money in just 34 weeks after successfully setting up his farm and whatever returns he make could be doubled in a year based on this calculation.

3. Chicken Sells at Very Good Price:

4. Egg market In Large Too:

Apart from the chicken, the egg is another money of it’s own.

As you can see, the profit in chicken farming in Ethiopia is mouth watering and the turn over time is fantastic. The big question now is how to get this business started?

Chicken Farming Business Plan In Ethiopia

Draw out your effective business plan. Chicken business plan is like a road map leading you to where you are going in you business. It will help you know where you are at any point in time. Hence your business plan should include:

1. Decide on Type of Poultry Bird:

Here you choose Chickens ( Layers and Broilers). We choose chicken because that’s what this article focuses on.

2. Write Down your Area of Interest:

You can’t just be in all aspect of chicken farming in Ethiopia. You have to choose your area of interest where you would like to concentrate your business. This will ensure high level of focus and professionalism. If you can do two area, no problem. Below are some of the major Niches in Chicken Farming in Ethiopia or elsewhere:

i. Layers Breeding which is egg production by Layers.

ii.Broilers breeding which referrers to the chicken meat production by Broilers.

iii. Hatchery which has to do with breeding chicken for the purpose of Hatching new chicks

You may choose to Breed Layers and Broilers at a time or one of them. Hatchery is better done independently just like feed production. So, you choose your area of focus.

3. Sort Out Location:

This has a direct effect to your startup cost. A location in a very remote rural area will cost far less than the one close to the urban area. Remote rural area with good road is the ideal location as you will be free from regulatory agencies and drive down the cost of labor too.

As a person new to Livestock business, you don’t want to invest all your capital into buying lands in urban area which may turn out not being used. Government policy is against setting up poultry farm near residential/urban areas for health implications.

4. Secure Your Chicken Farm Starting Capital:

With location in mind, you now have clearer idea of the capital required of you. Write down your detailed capital and investment requirements for your chicken farming in Ethiopia venture and set out to source for it.

Like every other farming projects, the bigger you plan to start, the more investment required. You need to decide on the level of capital investment you are willing to commit into this business before starting.


Now that your business plan is in place, the next is to proceed to setting up your farm without delay! At this point, it is our believe that you already have the money in your hands. So here are the things you need to acquire and put in place.

1. Buy Poultry Farm Land:

Like we said earlier, look for land in a remote location but make sure it’s not too far from the city. You can get Acre of land there for cheap price, cost of lands in most cases is determined by the sellers. But we may suggest price during commenting.

2. Build Your Poultry Pen Structure:

House is very important for chicken rearing and effective keeping and management. Chicken housing are classified according to the scale and the management system. The most common types of poultry housing used for chicken farming in Ethiopia are:

• Deep litter-
• Half litter and half slats –
• Battery –
• Semi-fold –

3. Buy Day Old Chick:
Look for good Hatchery where you can get healthy day old chicks to start with. It cost very cheap.

4. Items You Need For Chicken Farm:

Feeders, Drinkers, Perches. Nests, Crates, Lighting system, Waste disposal system, Incubator, Heaters or brooders, Egg tray, Cages and coops.

Chicken farming has a good contribution to the markets, food demand and economy of Ethiopia. It is very important to visit and learn how to start chicken farming practically from other chicken farmers. And lastly, Chicken farming in Ethiopia is a lucrative farming business idea that should be considered among other agricultural business.

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