A new, low cost NGO idea that keeps on giving
Give about 50 young chicks to each recipient to rear for eggs and meat for own consumption and a source of income. Together with instructions on chicken farming.
- Short harvest time, chickens can reach slaughter size in just 6 weeks.
- Can be reared for meat or eggs.
- Each hen can lay over 300 eggs per year.
- They can be fed with kitchen waste at minimal cost.
- As source of protein or sold for cash.
- Can be kept in a small backyard.
- Chicken poo can be used as fertilizer.
- Free range, organic chicken and egg can command a high price.
- Easy to keep.
- They can also breed their own chicks so it can sustain them in perpetuity.
- A flock of 100 to 200 chickens can provide a good income to sustain a family.
- Ideal for places with few employment opportunities and for people with limited education.
This is a much better than just giving food, aid or money as it usually builds dependency. We can also ask the recipients to in turn help others when they are able to. It is truly a gift that keep on giving.
This may be ideal for countries in South Asia, Africa and Latin America. It can be done on a low budget as we can incubate and breed the chicks locally.