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Sustainable household egg production to enhance household food security

Sustainable household egg production to enhance household food security

Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Veekunde 26(3-4): 85-87

A simple method of keeping laying hens has been developed with the aim of improving family nutrition through the provision of high quality egg protein at low cost. A unit is kept at a family's home and provides on average six eggs per day for daily household consumption after a number of eggs have been sold to cover the daily cost of feeding the hens. Hens are purchased at point of lay and are kept for 52 weeks during which time they would lay approximately 260 eggs under natural light. They are then sold for human consumption and the money used to purchase new point of lay pullets. The scheme is sustainable requiring no additional capital outlay, has a positive effect on household food security and could probably be successfully replicated in other African countries.

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