African Chicken breeds


African Chicken breeds – where is the original African chicken? We have many breeds of chickens in Africa – many are mixtures of chickens from overseas. Go out to the rural areas and you will see many different types of chickens free ranging – but none of them are true African poultry breeds.

chicken breedsAfter chicken farming became commercial – some 60 years ago, the original African wild chicken breed was diluted. Anyone who know where the original African chicken can be found I would like to know. Overseas chicken breeds like Ross and Cob are now the norm – there are maybe 10 breeds of commercial layers and broiler chickens in South Africa – none of them have any African chicken genes. Bred for laying or meat they are very different from the African chicken.

What is the fuss you might ask? Well if we could get the original African chicken genes we could breed a chicken that likes and thrives in Africa – especially for free range chicken farming. Avian flu would most likely not have any effect. As it stands – all the grand parent stock for these current commercial breeds are not owned by African, but by overseas people – this puts us in a precarious situation. Thinks how great it would be to farm organic eggs with an original african chickens. Or African broilers in a broiler house.

5 Responses to African Chicken breeds

  1. I COME FROM A RURAL AND POOR BACKGROUND, I AM INTERESTED IN REARING CHICKEN AS A SOURCE OF INCOME FOR MY FAMILY AND COMMUNITY AT LARGE, SO THAT THEY WOULD IMPROVE ON THE METHODS USED AND THE BENEFITS OF INDIGENOUS POULTRY FIRMING. PLEASE HELP ME GET THE NECESSARY GUIDELINES ON HOW I SHOULD GO ABOUT WITH RELEVANT MATERIALS TO USE. I WILL BE ABLE TO ERADICATE POVERTY THROUGH YOUR HELP. THANKS IN ADVANCE.

    • Admin says:

      I would start off with a business plan – then submit it to government and see if you can get a grant – usually the S.A. government will give up to R350 000 towards poultry projects. You will need to form a co-operative – 10 people or so. Approach a group called LIBSA in Limpopo or your local municipality.

  2. tanah says:

    hi am looking for african breeds ,different types to breed , please gives me contact were i can get good breeds . please help

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