Mike Bosch from Bela Bela is one of the most respected Beefmaster and Boran breeders in South Africa. But his latest success has come in the form of the Boschveld chicken.
Mike started breeding this indigenous chicken 15 years ago. More than 2 million of these birds, known for their resilience in even the harshest conditions, have been sold throughout Africa.
Characteristics of a Boschveld chicken:
- The chickens survive and produce on what nature can provide, with only a small amount of maintenance feed to boost production.
- They withstand Africa’s varying climatic conditions and keep producing well in free-range conditions.
- They have inbred hardiness, which helps them to withstand poultry diseases.
- Cocks are strong, aggressive and have noble conformation. Hens are very fertile with strong, healthy offspring that grow well.
- Egg production starts at 24 weeks.
- Egg production per hen/week 4 eggs.
- No expensive housing is needed to make a success of a poultry operation.
- Cocks are ready for slaughter at 12 weeks old, depending on nutritional levels.
- The meat has a good flavour.