Noiler chick is also a breed of chicken that are breed as a cross between broilers and cockerel. Hence, they develop a lot of meat like broiler chickens and are very resistant to adverse conditions like cockerels and are able to withstand most common poultry diseases. They are also similar to Kuroiler. This particular breed was developed in Nigeria by Amo Farm Sieberer Hatchery, popular known as Amo Hatchery.
Why are Kuroiler / Noiler Chickens special?
A lot of poultry farmers have report that Noiler chickens are easier to raise and manage. They have an excellent survival rate that matches up with that of local chickens. Kuroilers grow faster and have better egg laying and meat production performance. They lay bigger eggs and eggs per annum is around 150-200 eggs.
They are rugged and can adapt to harsh conditions like local chickens. Research findings have shown that Noilers chicks produce more meat and have a body weight that doubles that of a local chicken. They mature early, 3-4 months but not like broilers that are market-ready at 6 weeks (2 months). Their average market weight could be between 2-3.5kg. Kuroiler chickens can scavenge for food and water just like indigenous or local chicken breeds do. So farmers may not need confining them in a place or manage them under an intensive system. They are not expensive i.e. they are affordable chicken breeds and cheaper to maintain In terms of health, they have less susceptibility to diseases and with lower maintenance levels.
Characteristics of Noiler Chicken Breed
- Appearance: Noilers come in various colours; black, white, yellowish, brown and grey specks, and this makes them beautiful and well-camouflaged. All the same, you should expect to come across some rather ugly Noilers.
- Growth rate: Noiler rearing is fast becoming very popular because these birds grow really fast. It gets interesting: they grow big and meaty without necessarily eating a lot of store-bought feeds. Even if you let them loose to free-range, This breed will soon convert food to meat and get heavier. Also, noiler feeds can be cheaply sourced; you can feed them kitchen leftovers and edibles like rice, yellow maize, omena, chicken mash, soya, and worms. To make sure their growth rate stays sharp, you need to deworm and vaccinate your the birds on time. By the fourth or fifth month, they attain a weight of three to four kilograms.
- Noiler meat production – As earlier stated, Noilers produce meatier and sweeter tasting meat in high amounts. They add meat and weight quickly and the farmer doesn’t have to churn out lots of money to ensure it. Another interesting thing to note about rearing Noiler is that they are even more disease resistant than some exotic breeds. Their meat production remains high as long as you take good care of them and feed them properly. In about 12 weeks, noiler chicken will be matured enough for slaughtering- weighs 3.5kg or more at maturity. Noiler cocks have proven to weigh more than this. Compare this to broiler breed that weighs only 2 to 2.5 kg at maturity. Noiler chickens are perfect alternatives. Also, meat is evenly distributed over the chicken’s body parts.
- Eggs production – Noiler layers should start laying eggs at five months old (some do this at four months). As soon as they begin their egg-laying session, it goes on for two years. Noiler eggs are extremely bigger and with dark-yellow yolk when compared with our local chicken. This yolk color of noiler eggs is associated with good health, explaining why the eggs command a good price in the market.
- Hatching –If you want to raise new broods, you will face one challenge with the Noiler hen. She doesn’t sit on her eggs so they can hatch. As a result, you will require the service of a local hen, an incubator or buy some readily hatched chicks. If incubated, about eighty percent of fertile noiler eggs will hatch. But, keep in mind that most of the eggs might get stale. Thus, the incubation machine is the ultimate solution.
- Housing – Noiler birds can either be free-range birds or semi-free range birds. If you have enough land space, the free-range method is almost perfect. However, make sure that you build a fenced chicken run to keep your birds safe. If you have a previous chicken cage that meets the poultry house construction standards, you can keep your birds inside. Otherwise, you should get a special semi free-range rearing system that is suitable for compact spaces.