Kusev-Farm concept was started in the year 2003

Our main aim was to try and grid out why there were so few turkeys in homesteads around our country Kenya

There was a lot of poultry in almost all homesteads in the rural set up and in the urban setups. There were those who kept a few indigenous (local chicken or otherwise known as kuku ya kienyeji), though few in number. Those that liked to keep chicken for commercial purpose kept the graded chicken i.e the broilers for their meat and layers for their eggs and they were all from one physically speaking genetic groups. This is to say that all those chickens that had brown feathers were all layers and all those that were white were the broilers and in fact that still remains the same to date.
Most homesteads here dealing with mainly poultry in the rural setup had very few variety of the other poultry namely the duck, goose, turkey. Very few keep the dove or pigeon and they do so for the beauty of the birds and not for their consumption.The owner would sell the chicken or eggs to their neighbour and once in a while the owner would slaughter for their families.
Despite all that, the main question still remains why not kept the turkey even if it would feed for itself. After all it has more meat than any domesticated bird.

This prompted us to want to find the answer to this one major question. To do so I asked many poultry owners in the rural areas that I visited in my line of duty that very simple question i.e why do you have only a few turkeys? Why don’t you have more? For those who had, had three. I would ask why don’t you have seven other than just three? The answer I got despite having asked the question in different parts of the country was very simple and that was that the bird is very useless. For those that were free range, the owner would say that when she began laying she would disappear for almost the whole laying period or she would hide her eggs so that nobody would know where she had a nest .Those that had their turkeys watched over, they would say that once the egg were touched they would become infertile and in most cases the eggs were left in such open and dangerous places thus end up broken or coated with all sorts of dirt such as droppings and mud and in the end the eggs would be chocked and even when sat on, they would be dead even before the hen became broody. Others had all the poultry in one pen and at times there were other domestic animals in the same pen such as the goat, sheep, cow etc. This usually obstructed the bird even if she was ready to brood, especially in the dark.

Unhatched Eggs. We found them useful

The animals would push her from her nest or even scare her and more often than not the end result was that she abandon the nest. Those farmers who were very keen to watch over their turkeys got her to brood in a safe place but once the poults hatched they were left to the hen to take care of her poults and this happens to be the most dangerous of all the situations. I have seen a farmer who initially saw the hen with 10 poults and after two days she had only 2 poults left. This was for the simple reason that the turkey hen actually doesn’t take care of her poults like the chicken hen and if there happens to be a male the same pen, the male at times attacked the poults and killed them, there are also other very many technical factors that disallow poults to survive as I came to realise after I began keeping my own birds. I have been keeping these birds since then to date. I began with three birds and have made very many mistakes all in the name of trying to learn about the birds. Today we have more than 300 birds and I am able to raise them properly through from day one to maturity. In the year 2008 I got concerned about what was happening to our world , the going green concept, the organic concept, that has been in big debate in our country and around the world the past so many years.
I realised that there was a lot of waste on our farm, waste that would have been put to good use.
One laying season placed a few hundred eggs for brooding and our hatching percentage percentage was very low, meaning that we had many unfertilized eggs. They had been removed from the nests and had been placed in crates in the store and somehow forgotten. Others began exploding on their own giving off a very unpleasant smell so I decided to throw away those that had blown up and the rest we decided to puncture and drain them, and good enough we found that we had empty shell that could be transformed into something decorative. This was only after we had thrown away several hundred unfertilized eggs in the previous laying seasons. To date all eggs that are unfertilized and are not thrown away.They are removed from the nest and immediately drained, washed with disinfectant and left to dry. And while they are drying we realised that ants also have something to scrounge from the empty shell i.e some of the albumen that is left after the cleaning, they assist in making sure that the egg shell after sometime is truly very clean with nothing left inside.

Check out our shop for Accessories made out of Turkey products.

“PETERO” is a label that is registered and is all out to make items from what are byproducts from the turkeys that we have. Like in all poultry farms there are many by products that are available. Some are of immediate use while others have to be transformed so as to be products that are useful. In many instances these byproducts are disposed and that is not very friendly to the environment. “PETERO” being a brain child of Kusev Farm has the very initial principle of making maximum use of every thing and trying to make the environment very clean and friendly.

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Our Journey from Kajiado in the 90’s

We are located in the semi arid area in Kajiado district and earlier in 80”s and90”s we had no electricity, no piped water and a very poor road transport network at that time. With time we got a good neighbor who sunk a bore hole and he supplied the excess water to the neighbors and for that I really do thank him. Electricity was miles away and so that we enjoyed some form of light other than the kerosene lantern, I decided to have a solar panel installed. This panel did us a lot of good for at least we had clean light for at least 4-5 hours each night especially when there was a bright day. To supplement this, I used my engineering skills to build an aero generator. In this area we have good winds. Funny enough out of my pieces of scrap metal, an old differential and other pieces of metal. I got a technician to put up a wind mill that I designed. To my surprise it worked out very well and I was able to boost my power. Other than the 4-6 hours of power that I had, I had enough power to last me the whole night and to power my small transistor radio. The power was generated very silently. This is because the wind mill never made any noise at all.

From waste to productivity : The Green Concept

At that time I lived in the city and had the privilege of owning two old cars. I had to change the tires when they were worn out and by so doing they pilled up in my compound. I later moved them to the farm, here too the volume seemed to increase and inorder to put them to good use, I cut each tyre into three equal parts and these were perforated.They were then converted to be planters (planting pots). They are permanent for they will not break or rot. And at present we heve planted strawberries that we consume .With children then in primary school, there were so many filled up exercise books that we used to burn them but it came to my mind that I may need them one day. I collected them and any other magazines, telephone directories that we received every year and newspapers that were bought daily. Today those children have gone through university and there are very few books to throw away. We are now collecting receipts, bus tickets and any other waste paper that is generated in our office. You can imagine the volume of waste paper that we have. This waste paper is now being used in a very useful way. These papers are soaked and mashed into a paste. This paste is used to make crates to carry our turkey eggs. We do not do this to deny the tray manufacturers their job but because the trays they make are too small to carry turkey eggs which are much bigger in size than the chicken eggs.
Our crates are colored to emulate the very principal around the world for they are green in color. Our compound also has a lot of greens from trees and even the paintings on buildings. We have planted a lot of trees and anything that will grow.
The dropping make good manure so here at Kusev-farm we sieve it package it ready for sale.
From the short story it is evident that the name truly deserves the farm and is slung word meaning TO-SAVE
Pay us a visit and come to learn more about turkey farming. Ours are not the graded turkeys ie. The Broad Brest White but they are the Heritage Turkeys.