|Posted by Larry Locara on August 19, 2012 at 10:40 PM|
Game fowls are expensive to raise but with a few tricks and sound fundamentals, a small time raiser can raise healthy stags and cocks and earn at least P70 per month per stag or about P700 per head of a ten month old stag. Here's how:
*Selecting the breeding stocks is the most crucial aspect if one has to get into game fowl raising. The industry is so competitive that one has to raise good fowls that can hold its own in the cockpit. The main criteria for selection for small scale game fowl breeding are the looks, winning percentage of the brood cock and the brothers of the hens, conformation and size (the offspring should weight between 1.9 to 2.1 kilograms for the stags with a proportionate height for its weight.
It helps if the breeding stocks came from a known breeder or cock-fighter or one has connections to breeders who will help him sell later.
When selecting brood stocks, select true to types or those looking very close to the breeds that you claim they are. If you are a new comer, get advice from those who have the experience in raising and fighting stags and cocks because most often, they know which breed it is with just one glance.
*Determine the level or size of your operation so that you can feed your chickens well. For small breeders, it is wise to start with a brood cock and two hens, known popularly as a trio. This level will enable you to raise at least 10 stags during the stag banding season by asking a breeder-friend to have your chicks banded under his name and maybe 20 more during the off season, which you can later sell as cocks. Each cock or hen eats between 60 to 100 grams per day. Hens are voracious eaters mainly due to their need to eat more so they produce eggs for hatching.
*As soon as you can identify the males from the females, cull the female chicks you think won't pass your criteria as next yera's breeders and feed the culls with a lower cost but high protein feeds so that they will also grow fast for the table. During the off season, feed the hens with a low protein diet so they won't lay eggs but still maintain their health.
*Don't scrimp on feeds for the stags and cocks. Their health is the first criteria for buyers. Stag and cocks with good bodies and without fat deposits (bul-o/sapola) are most sought after. While specialized feeds for game fowls are expensive, you can substitute with feeds provided you take note of the protein, carbohydrates and vitamin/mineral/amino acids content so that the stags will grow well and with good conformation, which are also the criteria for selection by buyers. One practice of Villa Arevalo small raisers is to use broiler mash or pellets and add broken rice (binlud) during the late growing stage. They also use cheap but effective vitamin-mineral preparations often used for large flocks. By buying as a group and dividing the product among themselves, they often save as much as 25 percent of the cost compared to the small packaging such as sachet or bottles.
*Use technologies to lessen costs such as the use of “probiotics”, which you can make at home. The probiotics technology or the Natural Farming System is the technology, which harnesses beneficial micro organisms in farming and animal raising. You may go to the nearest agriculture office for more information and technology transfer.
*Compute your costs well and impute all possible cost areas so that you can determine your selling price. The industry standard for most small scale raisers is to price the chickens at P100 per month of rearing for which they would earn about P30 per head per month of rearing. However, if one has already the reputation of raising winning lines, the price goes up to the level that can be met by the buyers. Large scale or big breeders sell at a range between P6,000 to P12,000 per head at ten months of age.
*Spar the stags as often as possible. Sparring develops the fighting skill, which may be inherent or bred in but is fine tuned with constant practice. However make sure that you are watchful and have equipped your stags with gloves and reduced the possibility of hitting at hard objects. The feet of the stags are still tender and are easily damaged when they hit at each other.
*Study everything about cockfighting so that when buyers come, you can discuss details with them and which is one of your come-on. Read as much and surf the internet for cockfighting communities which are helpful especially to newcomers. Some of these sites are http://sabong.net.ph; http://sabungero.trip-media.com; http://www.supermax2010.webs.com/ and many others.
*Most importantly, you should love what you are doing but never lose sight of your goal which is to sell the stags and cocks, not to fight them yourself. Always remember that you will join this industry to earn.