The commune secretary “lives well” thanks to his “left hand” job of raising chickens with herbs

 Originally the Secretary of Truong Long A commune branch, in his free time, Mr. Le Thanh Binh (1988) often raises livestock and poultry to earn extra income.

Previously, Mr. Binh also Like many other farmers, they raise chickens in an industrial style, keep them in cages until they’re done, then feed them industrial food and drink water from the same water trough when they get sick and use veterinary antibiotics. Mass farming makes chickens very susceptible to diseases, the investment cost is high, but the chickens are easy to lose.

“I used to raise chickens that way and failed, many chickens died. Then I thought We need to change our farming methods to be more scientific. I remember my grandparents in the past only took advantage of the green vegetables and weeds available in the garden such as ivory grass, squid grass, vegetarian vegetables, locust leaves, guava leaves… to raise chickens. Live healthy and disease-free. So 3 years ago I raised chickens using the herbal feeding method, although the chickens did not gain weight quickly, but in return the chickens were healthier and had more delicious and quality meat,” Mr. Binh added.

From that thought, in 2017, Mr. Binh decided to change the limited livestock farming method. Instead, feed the chickens with antibiotics and herbs.

Talking about the farming process, Mr. Binh shared that industrial feed is just an extra part of the chicken’s diet. The main menu includes pre-soaked sprouted rice mixed with minced banana bran. Along with the wild vegetables available in the garden, garlic wine, locust water, guava leaf water is indispensable.

“During the day, I let the chickens out to feed the chickens in the garden. At night, I bring them back to the coop. The chicken’s bed is lined with a heating lamp and a mosquito net to prevent them from getting sick, so I let the chicken drink garlic wine 3-5 times a week liter of wine soaked with 300 – 500 grams of fresh garlic can be mixed with ginger to help warm the chicken’s stomach,” the 8x boy shared.

As for guava leaves, Mr. Binh said this is a remedy to treat green stools. Chicken liquid has been used since he raised it and is very effective. Boil guava leaves and give them to the chickens to drink every day.

With How to raise chickens with herbs takes 5-6 months to sell before being sold, 1 month later than raising chickens with industrial feed, but in return, the quality of the chicken meat is delicious and has a higher omega 3 content. Compared to conventional farming methods, the selling price is higher. The selling price ranges from 110,000 – 130,000 VND/kg but there are not enough goods to supply traders.

A year, Mr. Binh raises only one crop per batch of 200 chickens after the farming period. Chickens weighing from 1.3 – 2kg depending on the rooster and hen will be sold. The chickens chosen to raise are breeds of chickens (ie chickens) that have a higher economic value than other chicken breeds. Even though it’s just a side job, after deducting all the costs of a chicken crop, he can earn tens of millions of dong in profit.

Mr. Tran Vu Kha, Chairman of the Truong Long A Commune Farmers’ Association, said Mr. Binh Even though he is the Secretary of the commune, he is always interested in family economic development. He himself has successfully built a model of raising herbal chickens.

This is a quite unique farming model and brings very good quality results to the chicken flock. Because the current epidemic situation in livestock and poultry is complicated, the rate of raised poultry resistant to antibiotics is very high.

This new farming method has helped Mr. Binh reduce costs. Fees for using veterinary antibiotics reduce chicken mortality rates, reduce food costs, and open up new directions in market access for clean chicken products; suitable for consumers’ health care needs.