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How is the CARI-NIRBHEEK variety in Backyard Poultry Farming becoming the choice of Poultry Farmers?

Learn how to raise the CARI-NIRBHEEK variety in backyard poultry farming.


Poultry Farming | Backyard Poultry Farming is a good option for small farmers and rural youth to increase their income as well as meet their nutritional needs. Along with this, it is also necessary to promote poultry farming to meet the increasing need for eggs and chicken in the country. That’s why scientists keep developing its advanced breed continuously.

One such breed is the CARI-NIRBHEEK developed by the Central Bird Research Institute (CARI). This breed is excellent for backyard chicken farmers as it helps them to increase their profits by solving many problems.

Best for Backyard

The CARI-NIRBHEEK is a dual type of colored indigenous chicken, which is specially produced for eggs and meat. The specialty of this breed is that it overcomes all the problems faced in backyard poultry farming such as hunting problems, adverse climate, poor nutrition, and productivity. Actually, this bird is of hardy nature, its feathers are colorful, light body, has better immunity, and have a good growth rate, it is able to deal with all the problems. Its egg-laying capacity is also high.

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Important Features of CARI-NIRBHEEK

This breed of bird is known for its fierce and fighting nature. Their way of walking is also different from other hens. This is pure desi chicken. Their color is red and yellow, the neck is long and the legs are strong. Annually this hen gives 170 to 190 eggs. It can also be reared in a small space behind the house. Farmers whose economic condition is not good can also start poultry farming with less expenditure.

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Photo Credit: ICAR

Get stronger and bigger

The meat of chicken of this breed is rich in protein. CARI-NIRBHEEK chickens are strong in addition to being large in size and strong. The weight of the male bird of this breed becomes 1850 grams within 20 weeks. The weight of the female becomes around 1350 grams. These chickens give 170 to 200 eggs in 170-180 days.

Some Important things related to Poultry Farming

If you are thinking of rearing CARI-NIRBHEEK in your backyard, you can start with 5 to 25 birds depending on the available space. Birds should be let free throughout the day, but clean and well-ventilated housing is essential for their safety at night. You can prepare it with locally available ingredients. For the first two-three days after bringing the birds should be given sufficient food, which includes grain mixture. Nowadays many farmers are following it on a large scale and keep 2000 to 5000 birds together in a confined shed with stall feeding.

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Photo Credit: ICAR

The CARI-NIRBHEEK breed for Backyard Poultry

CARI-NIRBHEEK is a favorite breed of intrepid farmers for backyard poultry. That’s why farmers in about 16 states of the country are rearing it. Mango farmers in eastern Uttar Pradesh also introduced poultry farming along with mango cultivation to get rid of various pests in the orchard. This helped them to increase their income. Along with mangoes, they are earning profit from the sale of chicken eggs and meat and are also saving the cost of pesticides.

Farmers under the projects of Farmers First, Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav, RKVY, NLM, TSP, SCSP, etc. of several ICAR institutes have adopted backyard poultry farming using carry-intolerant germplasm, which is not only earning them additional income but also providing nutritional support. Related needs are also being fulfilled.

Story Credits: ICAR

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