Benefits of chicken farming Village – Garagadabahal Banita, Banita… Yes, I am coming. You have come after a long time! Let’s sit and have a conversation. Please sit. I came here after completing household chores. I have planned to come here many times but I wasn’t able to make it. How are you and have you finished cooking? If you have finished preparing food, then we will have a conversation. I have completed household chores, prepared and served breakfast, and cooked rice already. I am only left with preparing curry. What curry will you cook today? I will prepare a mixed vegetable curry with potato, eggplant and drumstick. Are you growing these vegetables in your kitchen garden or buying them from the market? I Brought them from the market. Which month are of pregnancy are you in? Its the 7th month. As you are pregnant and your baby is growing inside, its important to take fish, meat and eggs in your diet. Are you buying these from the market or growing in your backyard? I am buying them from the market. Why don’t you start raising chickens? You will get meat as well as eggs. Where is your mother-in-law? She has gone to take a bath. Here comes my mother-in-law. Hello and welcome! Please sit. As you are going to raise chickens, there are a couple things you must keep in mind. As you are going to deliver a baby soon, always remember to keep chicken feces away from the babies. Otherwise the baby will fall sick. Always keep the small chickens inside an enclosure and feed them inside there. If you have bigger chicken, you should build a separate house and feed them inside the house. I am leaving now, please take care of your daughter-in-law. Make sure that she eats nutritious food in sufficient quantity and takes sufficient rest. You also need to take care of yourself and should eat nutritious food.. I am leaving now. Good bye! 2 days later Sister, where have you been? You are coming after a long time. Please sit. Daughter-in-law, you went somewhere or came to our house for a visit. We came to your house as Savita didi shared that you are successfully practicing poultry farming. So, we wanted to see and learn. It’s good that you came here, you can see the chickens. Which month of pregnancy are you in? 7th month. As you are in your 7th month, you have to take green vegetables, fish and meat in your diet. When my daughter-in-law was pregnant, I didn’t allow her to do heavy work and ensured that she took plenty of green vegetables, meat, fish and eggs in her diet. I also ensured that she took enough rest. You should now also follow all these. We did not have a good crop harvest this year and we are going through financial difficulties. How can we go for poultry farming? As you did not get a good harvest this year, You can meet some of your household needs like rice and vegetables by selling the chickens in the market. When friends and relatives visit our home, we can serve them meat and eggs and can save money. We can also consume eggs and meat without spending much & provide nutritious food to our family members. How does poultry farming benefit the family? Raising chickens gives families extra income to buy other foods in the market. Raising chickens provides meat and eggs for pregnant women and children in the family to eat. In the case of loss in agriculture, the family will have alternative sources of income. During the initial phase of my pregnancy, my family planned to rear chickens. At that point of time, we were in a financial crisis due to poor crop harvest from our agricultural activities. We borrowed Rs.1000 from SHG and started poultry farming with only 10 chickens. At that time, I was not doing heavy work so I was taking care of the chicken- giving them food and water. What are things that a family should discuss together before raising chickens? The family should discuss how to get the money that is needed. The family should discuss who will participate in caring for the chickens. If we rear 10 chickens, then we can get 700 to 800 eggs in a year. This way, we can get Rs. 7000 to 8000 if we sell them in the market. If we sell 100 chicks, then we will get Rs. 6000 as a profit, and if we sell the meat of 10 chickens then we will get Rs. 4000. So in total, we can have an income of Rs.16,000 to 17,000 in a year by keeping 10 chickens initially. I will come to your house some time and explain the process of vaccination in detail. Okay. Its late now and we need to go. Okay. Come to our house again and I will also visit your house soon. Pramila Patra Mamata Patra Juanguni Patra Sabita Rani Bhitiria Thank you.