KARI Improved Kienyeji / Karlo Improved Kienyeji Breed Information and management.

By Value Magazine Team on 18 August 2019 at 10:11 am

KARI improved Kienyeji was bred by the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute(KARI), now known as Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (KARLO) at their research center in Naivasha, with collaboration with researchers from Egerton University, Njoro.

Research and Breeding of the KARI improved Kienyeji started in 2002, where breeders at the KARI research center wanted to come up with an improved chicken breed that had the characteristics of indigenous chicken, gains weight faster and matures fast.

After three years of intense research, KARLO came up with a pure indigenous breed that would have better productivity than indigenous breeds. The Kari Improved Kienyeji was the name of the new breed, that lays between 200 and 280 eggs, as compared to commercial layers that lay 300 eggs per year. It has better meat quality, less overhead costs, and greater disease resistance when compared to their commercial counterparts.

KALRO then perfected the breed over 7 more years and KARLO improved Kienyeji was launched into the market in 2012.

Kari Improved Kienyeji is 100% indigenous chicken. It was not a product of crossing indigenous breeds with exotic breeds but a result of breeding different indigenous parents with good characteristics. 

KARI Improved Kienyeji Background Information

The main objectives for the researchers in the ASAL department of KARLO were to produce a breed that would keep the characteristics of indigenous chicken, with more productivity than the indigenous chicken and can be kept all over Kenya, especially in the Arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya.

They took time to research the characteristics of village chicken all over Kenya vis a vis exotic layers and broilers and used that as a benchmark for the breed they were working on.

The breed gained popularity and by 2016, Kari had distributed over 300,000 day-old chicks. 40,000 month old, 1000 breeding cockrels and 3800 hatching eggs.



Kari Improved Kienyeji Breed Information.

As a dual-purpose breed, Kari Improved Kienyeji matures at five and a half months. Managed as layers, they will lay between 15-25 eggs per month, On average cockrels weigh between 2-2.2 kgs and hens weigh between 1.5 to 1.8 kgs at maturity. They have high disease resistance as compared to commercial breed and other Improved Kienyenji

Breed Name: Kari Improved Kienyeji / Kalro Improved Kienyeji.
Scientific Name: Gallus domesticus.
Other Names: None
Temperament: Normal Feeder.
Purpose: Meat and Eggs.
Body Size: Large.
Broodiness: Poor, multicolored KARI Improved are good sitters
Climate: Most Climates, can tolerate heat and cold.
Comb: Single.
Eggs Productivity: High (200 -280 eggs per year).
Size of Eggs: Medium, larger than most improved breeds.
Colour of eggs: Brown.
Colour: Multicolored varieties.


We will be updating this article to include:-

  1. Advantages of Kari Improved Kienyeji Chicken
  2. Disadvantages of Kari Improved Kienyeji Chicken
  3. Kari improved Kienyeji business planning and management
  4. Where to buy Kari improved Kienyeji Chicken
  5. Kari improved kienyeji chicken housing and hygiene.
  6. Vaccination schedule for Kari improved Kienyeji Chicken
  7. Feeding Program for Kari Improved Kienyeji Chicken

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Really helpful

Good work

Where can I get the chicks?What's the chances of survival in cold areas let's say Kinangop coz that's where I want to rear them?

Any contact information to get some chicks?

Kindly inform me on were I can buy kari improved kienyeji chicks

Advise where to buy karlo chicks at nakuru

Can kari brood?

So great and very helpfull

How do you sell day old chick and how can one get:at sotik

Where can I find day old Kari chicks in meru

Where can i buy the Kari improved kienyeji
Caleb Angil
Migori county

Where can I buy karlo chicks in meru

Where can I buy karlo chick in machakos.or nearby area

can I get hatching eggs and at what price per tray? Are readily available once you make an order?

I wish to get fertilized eggs for hatching. How much do you seek them please?

How, where and when is training offered on poultry farming?

how comes the improved kienyeji has both characteristics of the exotic and broiler types if it is 100% indigenous?

I need to buy one day old chicks.Please advice

Do they brood on their eggs

I need 1 month chick at nyahururu

Selling kari improved one day old as well as one month old

Where to get kalro kienyeji improved at Coast province

Hi ,. Am Samuel from MALINDI, have prepared myself to do chicken farming. How can I get you please.? I need advice as I order your Chics

Can you supply chicks in Malindi.? Am ready please. Am Samuel

i appreciate the above info. signing up for more updates on KARI?KARLo improved Kienyeji chicken keeping.

Remind me on any updates

Where can I get them in Thika town(Kari improved day old chick)?

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