Mini-Hatcheries: A viable technology to facilitate supply of Day Old Chicks for rural poultry rearing
Mini-hatcheries have been successfully established in Bangladesh and have emerged as a viable income earning opportunity for rural women. Mini-hatcheries provide a critical link between parent breeder farms and poultry rearers and enable the supply of Day Old Chicks under a decentralized institutional model. Two models of mini-hatcheries have been promoted – a rice husk based model and a sand-based box type model.
This case study details the setting up and management of both models of mini-hatcheries and the work of the Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) that led the implementation of the IFAD funded Microfinance and Technical Support Project (MFTSP) across 97 sub-districts in southern and north-eastern Bangladesh. Support for the establishment of mini-hatcheries, including intensive practical training was a key element of the IFAD funded programme. The case study also details the economics, supply chain and sustainability of the two mini-hatchery models.