Rural family poultry makes a substantial contribution to food security, poverty alleviation and gender empowerment in many countries around the world. Within this framework IFAD in collaboration with the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (Bangladesh) developed a training package which shows how, by adopting a low-cost innovative technology in the poultry sector, it is possible to: 1. produce a large number of day-old chicks and ducklings in rural areas as part of rural poultry value chains and 2. enable the rural poor to raise their incomes and strengthen their resilience.
This manual describes:
-How to make a sand-type mini-hatchery;
-How to collect and select fertile eggs;
-How to place the eggs in the incubator;
-The day-to-day operation of the hatchery; and
-How to handle chicks or ducklings as they hatch.
Please note that this training package is a “living document”, therefore your comments and feedback will be instrumental to improve it (email to: email@example.com)
A video is also available at http://blip.tv/ifad/building-and-operating-a-mini-hatchery-sand-method-5675031
[ Originally posted on http://www.cop-ppld.net/cop_knowledge_base ]