Free Chicken Business Plan

Chicken Farming South Africa – Free Business Plan

Chicken Farming Business Plan South Africa – In this article we have put together two simple chicken business plans for both small scale farmers and intensive or larger scale poultry farming. A small scale business plan will guide you how to farm with chickens and a more advanced plan feature points that you can present to the Bank for a loan or Government Funding

  • Backyard or Small Scale Chicken Farming Business Plan
  • Intensive or larger Chicken Farming Business Plan

Breakdown of a Backyard or Small Scale Chicken Farming Business Plan

  • Housing Cost
  • Bedding Cost
  • Feed and Water Cost
  • Health and Treatment Cost
  • Marketing and Marketing Cost
  • Wages
  • Sales

We will look at the basics and profitability of small scale farming.

But let me explain why you need a business plan. A business plan is a written tool about your business that projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the path your business intends to take to make money and grow revenue. Think of it as a living project for your business, and not as a one-time document. Break it down into mini-plans – one for sales and marketing, one for pricing, one for operations, and so on.

A good business plan guides you through each stage of starting and managing your business. You’ll use your business plan for how to structure, run, and grow your new business. It’s a way to think through and detail all the key elements of how your business will run.


Setup and Cost

You need to determine how many chickens you can operate with. When building your coop you need to construct the building to easy extent it if needed as your business grow. Housing should be protected from strong winds and must be waterproofed.

Day old chicks are not cold tolerant and you can lose your stock if they are not protected against bad weather. Make sure that your coops are also protected against rodents and do not store feed in your coops.

Planning the cost of your housing carefully will save you money as you will not buy unnecessary material and pay extra wages to redesign your housing if errors were made.


Plan your bedding well before the chicks arrive. You can get bedding at your closest sawmill or at pet stores or even make wood shavings yourself. Bedding is a nominal cost and you will need to maintain it as long as you have chickens.

Bedding is not expensive and can be resold as manure after your farming cycle. Bedding can be bought in bulk and stored in a dry place which are rodent free.

Feed and Water

Watering Systems are expensive and need to be planned carefully. You need to get the right amount of bell drinkers or water holders and raise them as the chickens grow.

You will need 3 types of feeds for broilers in the form of starter feed, grower and finisher. You will find a breakdown of feeding methods on our website.

Planing your feed is crucial and having too many chicks at the startup of your business you don’t want to run out of cash to buy feed for the chickens.

Work out how much starter, grower and finisher you are going to need. You can use this Feeding Calculator for Layer and Broiler Chickens

Health and Treatment Cost

You need to plan for chickens getting sick. Talk to your state vet before starting your business. Virukill is a must for any chicken farmer to disinfect their coops floors and walls. You can also use it to wash their drinkers and feeders.

Marketing and Marketing Cost

Marketing is an essential part of your business. Plan ahead on how to market your business. Advertising in news papers or on social media is a good way to create public awareness and almost guaranteed to bring clients to you. There are many free methods of marketing but it is time consuming and not always an effective strategy to market your business.


You have to decide how much help you are going to need and budget for wages. Chickens take time to return your investment and running out of cash means that you are going to run out of workers.


Selling your products are not always easy. We have put together a paragraph on how to sell your chickens and eggs.

Poultry Farming Business Plan Outline – For Bank Loans or Government Funding

You need to follow these points to create a full and complete business plan to present to your Bank for a loan or to apply for Government Funding.

  • Executive Summary
    • Objectives
    • Mission Statement
    • Keys to success
    • Financial Summary
      • Net Income
  • Business Overview
    • Company Ownership
      • Owners
    • Location and facilities
  • Market Analysis
    • Industry Analysis
    • Challenges facing the poultry industry
    • Market segmentation
    • Target market segment strategy
    • Market trends
  • Startup Summary
    • Startup costs
  • Products & Services
    • Product description
    • Future products
    • Service Description
    • Future services
  • Competitive Analysis
    • Competition
    • Competitive edge
  • Marketing Strategy and Implementation
    • Marketing strategy
    • Pricing and promotion strategy
    • Web strategy
    • Sales strategy
    • SWOT analysis
    • PEST analysis
      • Socio-cultural
      • Technological
      • Technological
      • Political
  • Management and Organization Structure
    • Management team
    • Organizational structure
    • Hiring Plan
  • Financial Plan
    • Projected Profit and Loss
    • Projected Cash Flow
    • Projected Balance Sheet
  • Risk Assesment
    • Financial risks
    • Health risks
    • Technological risks

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33 Replies to “Chicken Farming South Africa – Free Business Plan”

  1. I would like to be connected to the suppliers of poultry equipments. Batery cages, incubators, etc. I am planning a start up for egg, meat and chick production.

    1. Thank you very much for the good information about chicken farming. I have learnt a lot and I am looking forward to starting poultry farming soon.

  2. Hi
    i would like to be connected to the suppliers of chicken poultry equipments which includes the housing. as i am in the pipeline of starting my own broiler production in south africa. i am currently staying in gauteng and would start the business in limpopo. (south africa).

  3. I wanna start with a small scale so l can be good at managing it say about 500 broilers.
    I need to be assisted in draftibg a bplan to obtain funds to start my buildings and move it up and l will expand from my earnings

    1. Hi good evening I am interested in chicken farming want start my business with 2000 chickens for egg production but need help and assistance to abtain land

  4. Good day.

    i would like to start my own poultry farming business. i want to start by broilers then layer. i am struggling to draft a solid business plan. can you help me with a business plan. i want start by farming and raising 500 birds.



  5. I need all the information I can open get before I begin. Please help me by sending me information on how to raise broilers to maturity. You can help me with off of broilers or begginera books

  6. Good day
    I would really like to start my own poultry farming can you please assist with a solid business plan.

  7. I really need help how to draft a proper business plan for layers and broilers. Please help with business plan for 750 layers and 700 broilers

  8. Assisting in designing and building Poultry Farm in Protes Gle, Soweto, Johannesburg. Looking for suppliers of related products

  9. Hello.

    May you please assist me with Broiler/ Layers fertilized eggs and chicks suppliers for small scale farming based in Witbank Mpumalanga province or Bronkospruit Rural.

  10. Hi I need your assistance with a business plan for a chicken farm as well as financial forecast , I’m based in Brits.

  11. Hi
    I’m starting a broiler chicken farm. Starting with 150 000 chicks.
    Incubators for 50 000 eggs.
    I need a business plan
    Quotes for my infrastructures as well as automatic feeding system.

    Kind regards

  12. Hi. My name is Muzi Mndawe I need to start a chicken farm business. Starting with 500 chick and egg layers. So I need help
    I stay in mpumalaga around Mbomnela

  13. Hi I’m Ntombi in Khayelitsha CT, I would like to find out how do I go about farming chickens, selling and also assistance in making a business plan and acquiring funding.

  14. Good day

    Please could you assist me with a poultry farming project for layers and broilers. Thank you kindly.

  15. I want to start a small scale poultry project ( egg production) . can you help me to develop a business plan and solicit start-up funding .
    Thank You

  16. Hi
    I am located in Protea Glen, Soweto and looking to start chicken farming business , please advise how and where do i start, even interested in learning more about chickens as well.

  17. Hi! I have an incubator and a Hatcher for chicken eggs and would like to be assisted with buyers for 1 day old broiler chicks as I don’t have facilities for growing these chicks.


  18. We want to start a a chicken farming business. Can you help with the business plan and the starting costs then if the funding are accepted we will need help to put the all farm in place.

  19. I am looking at busying a fully operational chicken farm around Pretoria not exceeding R4m please assist if you can.

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