How to Start A Poultry Business in the Philippines
In properly raising chickens, the proper term for it is “chicken broiling production”. In many provinces around the Philippines, many choose to start their own poultry business at their backyards due to the size of their lands.
Not only that, but the business proves to be a profitable venture for anyone willing to invest in it with their capital. If you are one of those people interested, read on to find out what you need to know before you start a poultry business in the Philippines!
Required investment capital
Money needed in making a poultry business in the Philippines
A basic poultry farm would require you at least P100,000 to cover all the housing for the chickens, the broiling equipment, chicken feed, and operating expense. This should also include the medication and booster feed for the chicken that would make it raised for meat production.
Establishing a housing for the chickens
Although chickens are able keep their own temperature, they can only do so within a certain limit. It is your obligation to take care of them by providing housing that maintains their temperature. As much as possible, avoid building a broiler house that does not obstruct sunlight.
Chickens should be able to breathe in their space, a ventilation of at least 1 sq. ft. of floor space per chicken should be allowed. Proper air circulation can also be achieved by elevating the building at least 1.5 meters above the ground. This also enables easier fecal removal.
The housing should be able to well-guarded from predators such as rats, cats, and other birds. If you can, plant trees to provide shade during El Nino and as protection against typhoons.
Evaluating a location with proper criteria
As you may have guessed, a poultry farm should be residing outside urban / subdivisions. They mostly take place in open and wide plots of land that you can find in the provinces.
The poultry farm must be near ground and surface potable water at least 25 meters in radius. For larger housings, they should be away from developed areas – residential, commercial, industrial – at least 1,000 meters away. Smaller housings need only to be away at least 500 meters from specified areas.
Register your poultry farm to the designated authorities
Documentation needed to start a poultry business in the Philippines
Unlike other kinds of businesses, since you are dealing with food production, a strict guideline is implemented that you must adhere to avoid complications with governing bodies.
Business Registration. Sole proprietorships must register to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) office in the province where the business is established. The business permit is valid for five years.
Mayor’s Permit / Sanitary Permit. Same as before, but you have to go to the local government who have jurisdiction over the premises where the business is established. The validity is good for one year only.
Barangay Clearance. The barangay office nearest to the business is where you can obtain a barangay clearance.
Environmental Compliance Certificate. This can be obtained at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Quezon City.
Tax Identification Number (TIN). Your TIN can be obtained from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Office at Quezon City or any near BIR Office presiding your province.
Your chicks should be bought from trusted sources (hatcheries or dealers). Inspect their places to know how they take care of poultry to assess whether or not they should be trusted. Healthy chicks have bright eyes, fluffy feathers, and all have a consistent shade of color to them.
For day-old chicks, heat is an important part of their growth. Always maintain a constant temperature and avoid sudden changes in temperature. As mentioned before ventilation is important, you must avoid overcrowding chicks as much as possible.
Diseases are prevented from spreading to your chickens by having proper sanitation and vaccination. Always remove any fecal matter to prevent chickens from coming into contact with them. Keep an eye on the chicks before turning for the night.
Matured chickens are called broilers when they are 45 to 60 days of age. They are given feed or water that is composed of anti-stress drugs and brought to another growing house.
Keep fighting the good fight!
Raising chickens is no easy task. Poultry business is one of the most challenging things one could do to obtain profit. However, following the guide above allows you to increase your success and getting one step closer to profitability! Farms require perseverance and determination, something that entrepreneurs are born with!
As long as you lock down on the key components - location, stock, health – you are sure to be on the path of the road to success! Many have gone with the same mindset as you have and have made millions from doing so, and it is your turn in doing so!