By: ALICE WAITHERA
A second year student at Technical University of Kenya is paying his fees by rearing guinea fowls in Kangema subcounty, Murang’a county.
Alvin Michuki, 20, was working on his parents’ farm three years ago when he found eggs in a thicket and hatched them.
He decided to keep the birds as a hobby.
With time, the number increased to 200.
Michuki displayed the birds at Kangema town on Wednesday.
Michuki said Kenya Wildlife Service officials advised him to acquire a licence for the business.
He said rearing guinea fowl is more rewarding than keeping livestock as they require little attention and are not prone to disease.
Michuki said the birds start laying at the age of two-and-half months.
The student said he faces a problem because the birds do not take care of the chicks, which exposes them to cold.
He said they do not require a special diet other than green vegetation and supplements.
“The price of one bird ranges from Sh3,500 to Sh7,500, depending on age and size, while an egg goes for Sh100. I mostly supply prestigious hotels in Nairobi,” Michuki said.
He said the proceeds are enough to sustain him in school, unlike his peers who depend on parents and guardians for financial support.
Michuki said more people are now interested in keeping the birds for aesthetic purposes and consumption.
“KWS buys the birds for game reserves when the number reduces during drought,” he said.
Michuki said he plans to venture into the international market after completing his education.