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Notes to broadcasters on innovative oven/brooder

Farmers invented this oven/brooder to satisfy a number of needs. It is a great example of using low-cost locally available materials, while making the most of a resource which would otherwise be lost – heat! It is relatively easy to make, saves money and is dual-purpose. For the full story and photos, visit: http://www.organicfarmermagazine.org/a-cheap-brooder-for-your-growing-chicks/

Download the July 2010 issue of The Organic Farmer to read about the locally made incubator which inspired Mr. Msanii and his farmers’ group (scroll down the page to find Issue 62): http://www.organicfarmermagazine.org/tof/all_tofs

Read more about brooders, chicken housing and poultry keeping at: http://www.infonet-biovision.org/default/ct/274/livestockSpecies

This script, written especially for Farm Radio Weekly, describes an invention which has increased poultry production:

Chicken hatchery: Innovative farmer invents large-capacity kerosene egg incubator (FRW 135, November 2010).  http://weekly.farmradio.org/2010/11/15/2921/

Another innovation related to chickens is described in this script:

-A Kenyan farmer uses water hyacinth to feed chickens (Package 90, Script 15, April 2010). http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/90-15script_en.asp

This script discusses ways that chickens help in the garden:
-Chickens fertilize and weed the garden (Package 39, Script 4, April 1996). http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/39-4script_en.asp

For your reference, here are some previous Farm Radio Weekly stories on chickens:

Tanzania: Farmers improve livelihoods with chickens (FRW 59, March 2009).

http://weekly.farmradio.org/2009/03/23/1-tanzania-farmers-improve-livelihoods-with-chickens-farm-radio-weekly/

Togo: Papaya seeds can cure chicken diseases (FRW 61, April 2009). http://weekly.farmradio.org/2009/04/06/togo-papaya-seeds-can-cure-chicken-diseases-spore-magazine/

Uganda: Community group turns banana peels into inexpensive animal feed (FRW 91, December 2009).

http://weekly.farmradio.org/2009/12/07/3-uganda-community-group-turns-banana-peels-into-inexpensive-animal-feed-various-sources/

Kenya: Poultry farmers seek alternatives to maize as shortage persists (FRW 172, September 2011).

http://weekly.farmradio.org/2011/09/19/kenya-poultry-farmers-seek-alternatives-to-maize-as-shortage-persists-business-daily/

You might be inspired to produce a program on raising poultry. There are many aspects to keeping chickens, including disease prevention, feed, housing and markets. You could choose one topic for a focused program or radio spot, or consider making a series of programs covering different aspects. Be sure to interview a number of poultry farmers and be on the lookout for innovations such as this one!

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