Kabir Chicks and Chickens: General Info

Please be guided accordingly. My blog is about taking care of the so-called “kabir” chickens. Some of the ideas and information I have are taken from other sites and I do not claim ownership of such. But for the better part, I have also my own ideas as to how I handled my own flock of chickens, and you might also add comments if you like.


First and Foremost: Ideas and General Info

According to this site,  Kabir chickens originated from the Middle East – specifically from Iran. Kabir in Arabic means “big” or “large”.

Good Things About Kabir

1.  It’s size. It is a fact that these chickens can weigh a whooping 5-6 kilos when fully grown/matured, which is said to be around 5 months.

2. Resistance to disease and heat. Most probably these chickens where also bred as free range in the Middle East since they are much like the native chickens here in the Philippines. They are resistant to a lot of diseases and can tolerate hot weather conditions.

3. Same or better meat quality. Because of the shear size of the chicken, it is considered better in yield than the native chicken. They have darker meat than the native chicken but taste almost the same.

4. Great for cross-breeding. A cross bred native and Kabir chicken will result to a larger size chicken since the Kabir has stronger genetic quality which is maintained and can be seen in the chicks or offspring.

5. Low cost and maintenance. The Kabir chicken can be free ranged, meaning they can thrive on large area with grasses and insects as their meals. Although the chicken is a beast when it comes to eating, they are not choosy. They will feed on almost anything from food scraps, insects, grasses and many others.

6. Egg is large and low in cholesterol.

Reproduction

1. One male rooster can be mated to several hens – up to 20, though I do not personally recommend this much because it lessen the quality gene pool for the offspring.

2. Hens lay egg in about 6 months but brooding activity is expected on the 3rd time or a year old hen. Brooding should be encouraged.

3. Egg production is variable on several conditions: Weather/climate, age of chickens, shelter and feeds.

Let’s Start With Small Scale: Acquiring the Chicks/Chickens

Next

Note: Pictures of my young ones soon.

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2 Comments

  1. elru padilla said,

    May 19, 2010 at 12:49 am

    How are these chickens taken care of? will they best grow on cages like the 45 days chicks or must be freed on the ground like native chickens (fed on cooked rice not mostly on commercial feeds).

    What are the target markets for Kabir chickens?

    thanks

    • dangerzone said,

      May 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you for asking elru:
      1. They are easily taken cared of depending on your time and space. if you are a hands on person and likes to get yourself dirty, then I would suggest you do free range.
      2. They are not the same as 45 days chicken. Although they may be fully grown in 3 1/2 – 4 months (depending on how you feed them), they mature in 6-6 1/2 months. So basically it’s about 105 or 120 days before you can harvest them.
      3. They can be free-ranged and that includes feeding them with food scraps, like left-overs, bread, etc., as long as it’s still fit to eat.
      4. Cooked rice may be given but contains very small amount of important nutrients. It’s mostly carbohydrates. That means it’s incomplete food source.
      5. Currently, the target market is not that big. Because of the shear size of the chicken, it’s more expensive. But cross-bred with native chickens, they are considered native already and therefore they have much better market. Check your local wet market and grocery store if they can incorporate such chickens in their stands.


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