Poultry farming is the form of animal husbandry which raises domesticated birds such as chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese to produce meat or eggs for food. Poultry mostly chickens are farmed in great numbers. More than 60 billion chickens are killed for consumption annually. Chickens raised for eggs are known as layers, while chickens raised for meat are called broilers.

There are several benefits of poultry farming, they are as follows:

It requires less investment compared to rearing other livestock.

Poultry farming is a continuous source of income.

Broilers’ intake of feed is comparatively very low while it produces the maximum possible amount of food for us.

It gives a rapid return on investment. Chicken start laying eggs in 8 to 10 weeks and broilers can be sold for meat between 6 and 10 weeks.

Poultry farming is a continuous source of income. It is not seasonal and can produce income for the entire year.

Poultry farming requires very little water for both drinking and cleaning. One liter of water is sufficient for 5 birds for a day.

Poultry droppings are rich in nitrogen and organic material and hence, are considered valuable as fertilizers.

Poultry feathers are also used for making pillows, fancy articles, and curios.

Poultry offers good full time or part-time employment opportunities to farmers.

Meat, eggs, feathers, and manure of chicken and broilers are all saleable and income-generating. Poultry farming on a small scale requires only minimum space and they can be reared even in the backyards of homes.

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