ICBH GROUP

INDIGENOUS CHICKEN BREEDERS & HATCHERIES

ICBH breeding farms!

ICBH to date has four breeding farms and one breeding development farm,  ICBH Rooderport Bela-Bela,  The Mother Farm, Green Valley, Bela-Bela Limpopo Province, Nigel Gauteng Province and in Zeerust  North West Province and by the end of 2018 objective is to have ICBH breeding farms in all 9 Provinces in South Africa. 

The ICBH Head Office breeding development farm is situated in Rooderport, Bela-Bela which houses all the Grandparent stock that produces the groups parent breeding stock, the parents stock produces our ROCO, POCO, HOCO and the BOSCHVELD Breeds. The development farm house 500 grand parent stock of 4 different breeds, as well as two new addition breeds still been reared and tested.

ICBH Rooderport and Green Valley is registered with the South African Department of Agriculture to export fertile eggs / chicks / pullets and point of lay hens for export into Africa. (You can view our certificate, under about us in the drop down bar)

Our breeding farms practice strict Biosecurity Protocol, meaning we don't allow day visitors onto the farms without an official invitation / appointment, anyone wanting to visit any of the farms, will need to comply, qualify and pass the entry clearance checks at the main entrance gates before entering any of the farms. All our breeding farms practice a high standards of breeding farm management which includes daily monitoring of animal welfare, inoculations and housekeeping, including vaccination records. All the Grandparent stock have personalized leg rings with numbers, this allows us to capture a lot more chicken specific information such as when we inoculating the flock.

The Grandparent stock and parent stock are well looked after, the coops have two camps, the chicken coops have two doors, each door leads to one of the open camp area. The flock spends 3 months in the one outside coop while the other one is resting. During the time of resting we plant vegetables, Lucerne and all nice things that chickens like to eat, the coop camps also have fruit trees, when in season the chickens can eat fruit as they please, helping us subsidize our feed costs.

 All our breeding farms grown vegetables on the land, from butternut, spinach, carrot, cabbage, watermelon and herbs in larger quantities which again is used to subsidize the feed costs, it is very healthy and good for free range chickens to eat and the herbs are natural medicines. 

 The development breeding farm also houses a small family of Sannen milk goats which are milked every day, we then add to the milk kefir seeds which convers the milk in 48 hours to a natural yoghurt which we give to the Grandparent flocks and Parent flocks one day after we have de-wormed them, brining back all the good probiotic into the crops and stomachs of the flocks.  The farms also house worm, maggots and fly farms.  Worms, maggots and flies are rich in protein that chickens love to eat and cost you nothing to feed them with high proteins that the insect produce.

 

The fertile eggs are collected twice a day, before 12:00 in the mid afternoon and again at 16:30 before entering the egg store. The eggs are then stored in the eggs storeroom at  room temperature. not longer than 7 days before moving off to the hatchery.  Records are keep of each days collection, the eggs are then treated VIRUKILL.

ICBH Green Valley breeding farm houses 10 000 parent breeding stock as well as the growing farm of the parent stock for our sister breeding farms in South Africa and in Africa

ICBH Nigel breeding farm houses, 5 000 parent breeding stock and is set to increase the number to 10 000 at the end of 2017

ICBH Zeerust breeding farm, houses 3 000 parent breeding stock and is set to increase the number to 6 000 in early 2018 

Read more about our Breeds under the Breeds Page