Chickens are arguably the most consumed animal in
Haiti. More chickens are raised and killed for food
than all other land animals combined. An annual
average of 15 million chickens is killed for their
flesh and 6 million hens are used for their eggs.
Current statistics from the Haitian Department of
Import/Export estimated that seventy nine percent
(79%) of these animals are imported from the
Republic for Haitian consumption. The fact is
chicken farming is a huge market and women need to
gain access to that golden egg.
Women in farming will learn how to raise chickens
chicks, for eggs,
meat or both.
The program will train
9,000 women on the basic, intermediate and advanced
concepts of commercial livestock farming. The first
part of the training module will be based on the
following introduction and business concepts of
a. Participants will be trained to understand that
starting a chicken-farm business is much more
than simply buying some chickens and putting them in
a pen. They will be educated on the need to be
familiar with the various breeds of chickens and
which types of chicken will satisfy the Haitian
market. They will be trained in building chicken
coops, breeding chickens, using different methods of
feeding process, and how to protect poultry from
disease and predators.
While the program’s mission is to increase the
number of female owners and operators
of chicken farms in Haiti, it is our outmost
intention to train each participant to follow the
educational protocol and managerial elements running
b. Besides the elements listed above, participants
will be trained to master the required elements to
create, maintain, manage, and administer a chicken
farm to its fullest capacity. Participants will also
be trained to detect and overcome 10 of the most
troubles elements recorded in raising chicken:
eggs from hens
eating their eggs
abandoning their Coop
routine responsibilities and managerial duties for a
poultry farmer will include the following:
feeding, administering medications, cleaning
enclosures, ensuring proper ventilation, removing
dead or sick birds, sanitizing, maintaining
facilities, monitoring flock behavior,
transporting birds to processing plants, restocking
with young birds, keeping detailed records, and
overseeing poultry farm workers or helpers.
d. Trainees will be educated to work
in conjunction with veterinarians to
ensure the health of their flocks; with animal
advice on formulating nutritionally balanced
rations; and with other health care assistance for
mandatory vaccination and contamination prevention.
Trainees will be encouraged to understand the
economic success of raising certain species of fowl
that Haitians love to eat and how to increase market
share by experimenting with the production of other
fowl species such as turkeys, pigeons and ducks.
Chicks will be imported from the United States
(Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi).