Group RUKUX IXIM.
• During the month of January, a 12-month plan was elaborated for raising 2,500 egg-laying hens.
• Since May, the project activities were initiated by first constructing an adequate chicken coop.
• On June 15, the group Rukux Ixim bought 2,500 chicks that had 12 hours of birth and placed them in the newly constructed chicken coop.
• From this date on, Isaquel Hernandez became the maintenance personnel to take care of the chicks during 4 months until they became egg-laying hens.
• During their second week of age, the chicks were vaccinated for disease prevention.
• During the four months, the group would meet every end of month (and weekends when it was urgent) to evaluate the activities and the growth status of the chicks.
• At the beginning of October, the promotion of egg-laying hens sales were initiated to get people and local community groups interested in buying the hens.
• On October 16, egg-laying hens were sold at a price of $5.70 each. Isaquel calculated the price based on the production costs.
• The hens obtained a high demand. At the end, there were not enough hens to satisfy the market’s demand.
• According to the project management, a positive profit was obtained this year, which will encourage the group to invest again in 2007.
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IDEX Latin America Program Director