Thank you very much, dear donors, to have helped us on our way to produce affordable chicken feed at a time of the bad effects of climate change.
We have bought the machines and we have some results, too. The first machine, the chaff cutter, works very well with our sprouted maize, no problem. The problem comes when the pieces get into the mixer, because, although they mix alright with the concentrate, they clog the holes and don’t let the mixture come out nicely. So, we decided we would have to sell the fodder and the concentrate in separate bags, with amounts that added up to the same number of chickens. We are now looking forward to the construction of our greenhouse, that will provide us with hydroponic fodder all year round and allow us to sell it due to the chaff cutter.
For the black soldier fly (BSF) maggots we had similar problems with the seasons – the flies don’t like it cold nor do they like it too hot to mate, and without eggs there won’t be any maggots. However, those times that the weather was right and we had enough maggots, the machines did a fabulous job. The maggots mixed nicely with the concentrate in the mixer and came out as beautiful pellets in the pelletizer and are ready to sell once dried. = c
To make our flies to lie eggs all year round, we have a promise of help to build our own greenhouses by an international organization, but that will take a while to construct. Once we can produce them all the time, we will be able to sell affordable chicken feed made with the help of the mixer and the pelletizer, thanks to you.
Right now, we are happy to use the mixes and the pelletizer whenever we make feed and are happy to not have to buy the commercial feed, saving by not having to pay profit to then. What’s more, the moment our greenhouse for hydroponic fodder is finished, which is imminent, we will have chicken feed at a reduced price and will be able to start selling. We can’t thank you enough.
inspired by what we had learned in Uganda we returned to Tiko determined to put it into practice. As the report of Tiko Open Day in the last newsletter showed, we were well on the way to success with our maggot breeding and azolla growing programmes, which both have a rest period during the present cold season. Guernsey Great Hall has been adapted to provide rooms for the machines to produce chicken feed, but an extra storeroom must still be attached to it (so another $ 1,800 is needed). There is still room for a sizable conference hall in the remaining space.
The troubles and crisis from around the world hit Tiko hard, as any other place. Prices are rising and the income from tourists is still close to zero. But some real good old friends are among the first few to come once again and since we have a little less progress to report, than expected, we want to give you an impression from outside Tiko about this project, so you see we are transparently displaying what happens with the donations you give us and what challenges we have to tackle:
July 2022, from Jens, a secondary school teacher from Berlin, Germany:"... On the tour around Tiko I could see what has changed. From the newsletter I knew that Tiko is trying to create a reliable source of income with the production of chicken feed and also with breeding chickens for sale, in order to be able to subsist independently in the near future and on the long run in spite of declining income from donations and funding.
You see, there are challenges to be overcome and there are situations, which are hard to prepare for under the already difficult circumstances, which have already been worsened by Covid before. But Tiko is willing to adapt and will try its' very best to waste nothing you invested in. After all, change is the only constant and adapting brought Tiko through many hard years. Please keep your hopes up for us and help us finish our fifth project, too (after four GG projects which have been funded above the set goals!).
Thank you, all a million times, for the patience and please visit us to see for yourself (our visitor page has just been updated) - may you also come safely through these difficult times,
The Tiko Crew and Friends
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