The native chicken of the Philippines is one of our favorite ingredients for dishes, especially in rural areas. Families usually keep a few in their backyard, allowing them to roam and eat whatever they could find. Native chicken growing has always been a supplement income for families and is used for meat and eggs.
The Philippine Native Chicken (PNC) under the leadership of Dr. Jaime Cabarles, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Sciences of the Central Philippine University (CPU-CARES) has developed a technology for a practical and profitable native chicken growing. Through many years of research, and trial and error, PNC as a university-based research station has become one of the leading experts in native chicken growing.
Native chicken production can be a good source of income.
PNC offers personalized learning and support that can accompany interested farmers to start their project on the commercial production of native chicken. With minimal area requirements, a 300 sqm. with appropriate design can be utilized to house around 1000 chickens. The housing design for growers is 4×8 feet and can house 7 growers while the diameter for the broiler house is 27x48x16 inches. This measurement that has been developed for years has maximized the profitability of this small area.
The materials used were chosen with durability in mind. The use of steel, UV net, and UV plastic virtually makes the housing fireproof. The housing design is one of the most important elements for native chicken growing and PNC highly encourages their trainees and even visitors to copy their design.
They also sell organic supplemental feeds with specific recommendations depending on the budget, and resources that can be tailored depending on client needs.
The native chickens in CPU-CARES look extremely healthy, and there is little sign of stress in most of them. The feeds and water are attached outside the main housing. This keeps the inside clean and ensures that the area is clean and hygienic and lessens the possibility of the chickens developing diseases.
Dr. Cabarles repeatedly emphasized that for real sustainability to be achieved it must also be profitable. To engage in agriculture is to become a businessman.
At the research station, the students help facilitate the research and operational details headed by Dr. Cabarles. The College of Agriculture has also a decent population of students and ensures that there will be a good number of skilled agriculturists in the future. With the looming food crisis, agriculture has always been the backbone of any civilization. The moment it fails, the civilization also fails.