With the fall in the prices of petroleum in the international market, the government of Nigeria is now looking into increasing the revenue of the country by boosting Agriculture and Agro-allied industry( diversification of the Economy). Following this, the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan made some efforts by waging the War against poverty (WAP) and this was done by giving out loans to those who applied for the loans and channelling these loans to producing agriculture or agriculture related business which reduces the dependence on petroleum. This is just the summary of the WAP loan.
The problem arise when you have secured the loan and now left with starting the business, so if you are like me who went into Poultry Farming, this is a breakdown of the Cost of the production of a small poultry house including the prices of the items and transportation.
I did the construction of the poultry house in Jos, hence the prices of the items needed may vary depending on where you stay, but this will give you a guide on the rough estimate for the construction of the poultry house.
Below is the list of the materials or Items needed for the construction of a 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide chicken house in 2015 in Jos, Plateau State:
1. Planks and other wood (plus 2 small bags of saw dust) 10,500 naira
2. 1 bundle of roofing zinc 9,200 naira
3. 1 pound of copper nails 200 naira
4. 1 pound of zinc nails 1000 naira
5. 3 pounds of 3 inches nails 360 naira
6. 3 yards of sand net (for covering and allowing air into the house) 2,100 naira
TOTAL = 23,260 naira (This is the cost of the materials needed)
Other Expenses include:
1. Transportation of wood and items to the construction site 2100 naira
2. Workmanship: A very good friend of mine who was skilled in carpentry helped me and I really do not know how much it may cost for this, but it should not be more than 5,000 naira.
3. Food and drinks during the construction 1000 naira
The overall TOTAL including workmanship and other expenses is 31,360 naira.
I therefore used this 31,360 naira for the construction of 2 sets of 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide cuboid like chicken house which I think should be able to take 20 chickens for each house, hence the two houses should be able to contain 40 broiler chickens even when they grow and become mature.
The Poultry house was made to have an upper chamber and lower chamber per house. Which means, of the two sets, each has two rooms (chambers) giving rise to four (4) chambers (rooms, compartments).
From the pictures, you could see how the chicken houses look and it is always good if you start with a small house like this before you move to doing something big or large. This will give you more experience.