Rainbow Rooster Chicken Breed Information and management

By Value Magazine Team on 8 July 2019 at 12:00 am
Rainbow Rooster

Rainbow rooster is a dual purpose, low input, multicolored chicken from India. It was bred by Indbro Research and Breeding Farms in Southern India as part of a food program by the state.

Rainbow Roosters have been distributed to Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan through Partnerships with Indbro Research. This chicken breed has also been exported to Nepal and the middle east

According to Indbro, rainbow roosters are able to sustain free-range and backyard rearing conditions

Rainbow rooster background information

As part of the governments National Livelihood Mission Project in India, Indbro research bred the birds and supplied them to the state government, who in turn distributed the rainbow rooster chicks to low-income families. The main purpose of the project is to provide income for low-income families while providing nutrition to rural communities through rainbow rooster eggs and meat

Indbro research was registered in 1956. In 2000, the company started research into pure line chicken breeds that could tolerate hot and humid temperatures that have low-density diets and could tolerate low-level infections.

Where to buy rainbow roosters in Kenya

Rainbow roosters in Kenya are bred and distributed by Kukuchic Limited, based in Eldoret. They have about 20,000 rainbow roosters parent stock, with the ability to produce 240,000 chics every month. They have 3 breeder farms and one hatchery

Kenbro chicken Breed Profile

Breed Name: Rainbow Rooster.

Scientific Name: Gallus domesticus.

Other Names: None.

Temperament: Medium feeder. Scavenges well.

Purpose: Meat and Eggs.

Body Size: Large.

Broodiness: Never sits on eggs / Does not brood.

Climate: Most Climates, can tolerate heat and cold.

Comb: Single.

Eggs Productivity: Medium.

Size of Eggs: Medium.

Colour of eggs: Brown.

Colour: Multicoloured.

Rainbow roosters mature between 4 to 6 months. The rainbow roosters mortality rate is low (Less than 2%).

When managed as a layer, with commercial feeds, rainbow roosters will lay 160-180 eggs in 72 weeks (16 months). The layers start laying at 160 days (5 months). At the end of lay the birds weight about 3kgs. The average egg weight is 60 grams. Rainbow roosters will start laying at 5 months and lay continuously for 10 months.

When managed as meat birds, the rainbow rooster will attain the average weight of 2kgs in 8 weeks under commercial feeds. At 8 weeks, rainbow roosters meat birds will have consumed 4.9 kgs of feed. Under scavenging conditions, the rainbow roosters growth rate is a bit slower, with the bird attaining the weight of 1.3kgs in 9 weeks. The average meat production for rainbow roosters is 3kgs for male rainbow roosters and 1.9 to 2.2 kgs for hens

Advantages of Rainbow Roosters

- Rainbow roosters have a high resistance to diseases.

- Rainbow roosters are suitable for the free-range systems, hence consumes less feed.

- Due to high resistance to poultry diseases and the free-range nature of rainbow roosters, rainbow rooster farming can be carried out with a low investment.

Rainbow Rooster Feeding Program.

The rainbow rooster is a dual-purpose chicken and the feeding program depends on your objectives. You may want to raise the rainbow rooster as a broiler, where it gains weight as fast as possible and is sold for meat. Another objective is to raise the rainbow rooster as a layer, for long term laying of eggs. The demand for organic meat and eggs is growing and you may also want to raise the rainbow rooster organically where you let it forage for its feed. 

Feeding Guide for Rainbow Roosters (Raised as Broilers)

When raising the rainbow rooster as a broiler, exclusively for meat, you will need to feed it with broiler feed. According to Indbros’ rainbow rooster performance chart, the rainbow rooster males will weight 1.4 kgs and the rainbow rooster hens will weigh 1.1 kgs at 6 weeks when raised of broiler feed. At 8 weeks, the hens will weigh 1.9 kgs and the males 2.2 kgs. 

Feeding Guide for Rainbow Roosters (Raised as Layers)

When raised as layers, on layer feed,  the rainbow roosters will weigh 1.6kgs for males and 1.2 kgs for females at 8 weeks. The birds will start laying at around 5 months. 

Feeding Guide for Rainbow Roosters (Raised as Free Range)

When left to forage for its own feed, the rainbow rooster will weigh 1.5 kgs for makes and 1.5kgs for females at 8 weeks. 

We will be updating this article to include:-

- Disadvantages of rainbow roosters

- How to manage rainbow roosters

- Housing and hygiene for rainbow roosters

- Rainbow roosters vaccination and deworming schedule

- Where to buy rainbow rooster chicken in Kenya.


Am just about to rear this breed and I need all the information ...kindly

I would like to be an agent of selling your chicks at kagio- kirinyaga county. How can you assist? And what are your qualifications?

I definately want to here more. Is this considered a hybrid or indeginious?

I am realing rainbow roaster can i have the feeding programme sent to my email

Very interesting kind of chicken breed that am really hoping to start rearing soon.

This is the breed to improve the livelihood of our folks in the community. It's a game changer going by the little investment required.

I have a some in my farm already 5 months old. But they haven't started laying. What could be the problem?

Am interested in rearing rainbow rooster

Please email me a Feeding Program for Rainbow Roasters. Thanks

can l get some when am ready at voi?

Learning new poultry techniques

Mine at are at 20 weeks with 50%mortality but still looking like chicks may be I have a wrong feeding programme

When can I start feeding my hens with layers mash, they are four months now and still on normal brand?

Kindly send me the contact of your agent in meru town. Also send me the feeding program.

Feeding and vaccination program for the rainbow roosters

I'm interested in rearing commercial rainbow roosters. Where do I get chicks ? Am in Nairobi.

I got mine from KUKU chicks, I think their number is on the first comment. In case you need further assistance and especially for Brooder solutions

I love the breed.

Kitili from tala- kangundo. Interested in raising this breed as an agent. Bn rearing others. How can you assist me.

They have a phone number that they shared and you could call. if you need further assistance I can share the Number I use to order chicks from Kuku Chicks.

Where can I find you in eldoret I am interested with poultry farming esp this breed.

Hello Hellen Lagat, I order my chicks from KUKU chicks and I have never regretted. I build brooders and Chicken structures that are easy to clean, collect manure for Pig and Dairy feed... and one that enables you to prevent diseases.

Because I see so many inquiries for the Rainbow rooster breed, the number I use to order for chicks is 0714204066. my number is 0724082500 if you require any further assistance.

Kindly email me the following
1.The contacts of your agent in Mtwapa
2.The feeding and vaccination schedule of your breed.

I want to attend
your seminars and workshop.any guidance will be appreciated

have one month old rainbaw rooster for sell

Interested in the business.kitui county, how do I get the chicks

contact our sales person luka cherop on 0727578733

have started rearing this type of bird ,so my quiz is that can I introduce them to other local feeds e.g ugali,millet

Yes you can Brain. You can free range the chicks from 2 Months and you can also feed them semi intensively. For optimal results though, make sure the feed diet is balanced.

this will only be done after one month you can supplement with local feeds by then it can free range

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