Kadaknath Chicken Breed information

Kadaknath Chicken Breed information:

Introduction to Kadaknath Chicken Breed:- Kadaknath is one of the rarest poultry breeds of India which is native to Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh (MP), India. Basically, Kadaknath breed is popular for its black meat and known as BMC (black meat chicken). Kadaknath chicken breed is famous for its meat quality, texture, and taste. The demand for Kadaknath chicken is growing day by day and spread across most of the Indian states due to their excellent medicinal values. Especially these birds bear great medicinal value in homeopathy and useful in treating a particular nervous disorder. Basically,  Kadaknath chickens are mainly reared by tribal communities in Bhil and Bhilala in the districts Jhabua and Dhar in the state of Madhya Pradesh(MP). The commercial scale of Kadaknath chicken raising especially in the states Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu. Kadaknath chicken meat is in black color and eggs are in brown color.

Kadakanath Chicks.
Kadakanath Chicks.

The new Kadaknath production technology has reduced the mortality rate from greater than 50 %. Now you can expect to 10 to 12% of mortality, this enhanced the survival percentage and overall profits in Kadaknath chicken farming. Because of high feed conversion ratio, these birds can gain body weight of 1.10 to 1.25 kg in 100 to 125 days. Kadaknath chickens can be reared similar to country chicken or free range chicken. However, It may require little more care initially to grow in a controlled environment. Later they can be left free in the open field. One can grow these birds in backyards. In fact, Kadaknath chickens are best suited for back yard farming rather growing on commercial scales.

There are 3 different breeds of Black Meat Chicken (BMC) is available in the world.

  • Kadaknath – Native to Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • Silkie – Native to China.
  • Ayyam Cemani – Native to Indonesia.

Merits, Advantages, and Benefits of Kadaknath Chicken Breed:- The following are advantages of growing Kadaknath chicken.

Kadaknath Chicken Farming.
Kadaknath Chicken Farming.
  • Kadaknath chicken meat is textured and flavored.
  • This black meat has good medicinal values.
  • Kadaknath chicken breeds are adaptable to any kind of environment.
  • Kadaknath chicken meat and their eggs are sold for a high price in the market.
  • This bird meat contains many kinds of amino acids and vitamins.
  • This meat helps to increase blood cells and hemoglobin.
  • Kadaknath chicken is said to aid in curing pulmonary problems.
  • The Kadaknath birds convert feed quickly into the meat (feed conversion ratio is high).
  • The Kadaknath chicken eggs are used to treat headaches, post delivery problems, asthma, and nephritis.
  • Kadaknath chicken is said to be good for women health as well.
  • The tribal community in MP uses Kadaknath chicken blood in the treatment of chronic disease.
  • The Kadaknath chicken eggs also have good nutrition values and good for old people.
  • Kadaknath black meat contains vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, niacin, protein, fat, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and nicotinic acid
  • The Kadaknath breed is hardy and highly resistant for diseases.
  • Unlike broiler chicken, these can survive even on kitchen waste.
  • The best advantage is, these birds meat has more protein, less fat, and low cholesterol when compared to similar kind of poultry breeds.
  • Kadaknath chicken weighs about 1.5 Kg after growing 6 to 7 months.
  • Kadaknath is one of the rarest birds available in the world.
  • Commercial scale farming of Kadaknath chicken defiantly fetches good profits if proper marketing channel is established.
  • Some state governments like Madhya Pradesh, have incentive scheme for people who were interested in breeding the Kadaknath chicken.

Read: Broiler Farming Project Report For 10000 Birds.

Cost of Kadaknath Chicken and Eggs:- Because of the fact that these birds have superb medicinal values, their meat cost about 600 to 800 Rs/kg. As we said above, these bird eggs also nutritious, they are sold up to 40 to 50 Rs/egg in the market.

Kadaknath Eggs.
Kadaknath Eggs.
Kadaknath Black Chicken Meat.
Kadaknath Black Chicken Meat.

Nutritional Value Comparison:- The following chart compares the Kadaknath nutritional values with other chicken breeds.

Properties    Kadaknath Chicken    Other Breeds of Chickens

Protein content            25%                              18 to 20%

Fat content             0.73 to 1.03                       13 to 25%

Linoleic Acid            24%                                     21%

Cholesterol       184mg / 100gm                       218.mg / 100gm

How to Start Kadaknath Farming:- Well, this is similar to any other country chicken farming.

  • Get good breeds of Kadaknath birds.
  • Make sure you bring day-old chicks with proper vaccinations.
  • Start with 30 to 50 birds and keep increasing the bird count as you gain the experience.
  • Find out with the poultry department of agriculture university for chicks and feed information.
  • Some state government are providing incentives on these birds breeding, avail those benefits.
  • For a couple of weeks, these require proper care and provide necessary shelter /light /water/feed.
  • Don’t start on a large scale without knowing the poultry line of business.
  • If you are starting a commercial Kadaknath chicken farming, make sure you establish a proper marketing channel.
  • Follow the scheduled vaccination chart to avoid any diseases.

Some Facts about Kadaknath Breed:-

Particulars Kadaknath
The weight of Day Old Kadaknath Chicks 28 to 30 grams
Bird Body Colour Jet black
Price for Parent Stock (chicks) Rs. 20 to 22
Body weight in 8 weeks 0.8 0.9 kg
The period required to attain 1 kg of body weight  13 to14 Weeks
Survival rate 95 %
The period required to attain 1.5 to 2 Kg Bodyweight Like Country Chicken
Total weight (male) 2.3 to 2.5 kg
Total weight (female) 1.6 to 1.8 kg
Quality of Meat Black like pure country chicken
Taste of the meat It tastes like country chicken.
Meat percentage without skin (dressed) 65 %
Management/Maintenance Low
Are these good for Commercial or Backyard poultry farming Backyard poultry farming
Age for first egg laying 23 to 24 weeks
Broodiness Less
Egg laying/month 11-12
Annual egg laying 120
Average egg weight 40 to 45 grams.
Egg color Brown
Feed required 50 kg for the entire growth

Hurdles in Kadaknath Farming:- Inadequate availability of Kadaknath breed chicks and lack of proper financial support from government are posing major hurdles in undertaking backyard poultry farming using Kadaknath birds. For better development of this breed, Local governments should provide subsidies and loans to small scale farmers.

Read about Kadaknath Chicken Farming project Report.

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  1. Hi Venkat,
    Little careful about large scale Kadaknath chicken farming as the market for this type is limited. If you have a marketing agreement with any poultry farm or any meat processing company.. Then you can think of it.

  2. Could you please share some state related incentives schemes by which people can get for startup business in kadaknath chicken want to start business in commercial poultry farming , it will be more helpful if you share some indian market also where we can sell it off , just for startup, anyways later days we will get to know more on market for this ,if business run well. Thanks for your advise.

  3. i am going to start backyard poultry very soon.recently i heard about kadaknath breed.please tell me that kadaknath breed will sutes for commercial poultry if it sutes give me the information that how to start kadaknath poultry and how i have to take care about this breed in the farm.

    tell me that have i have to market it in bulk amount like 10000 quantity and how much it worths in the market.

    • Hi Naresh,
      Kadakanath chicken is becoming famous now a days due to its health benefits. As you know the meat of Kadaknath chicken is black/dark color, you should think of maketibility. Only some educated farmers know about this breed, but can you sell this breed as it costs about 600 to 800 rs per kg live weight. If you have marketing established for this kind, you can go for it.

  4. I’m from Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh like to know more about backyard poultry farming, in 2 acres coconut garden how much does it cost – and where to get chicks near to my location.

    • Hi,
      thanks for the post. I am from Siliguri. Can you please suggest where can I get genuine breed with a cheaper price. I am trying to start a backyard poultry, how can I check the authenticity.

  5. Hi,
    There are many individuals who are selling Kadaknath chicken. Kadaknath chicken costs about 400 to 850 per kg based on breed type ( pure-bread or cross-bread. There many Kadaknath chicken sellers on Indiamart site. please check there.

  6. I want start a Kadaknath chicken farming, please let me know where to buy the young Kadaknath chickens, I also want to know marketing for Kadaknath chickens. If any one who wants to buy Kadaknath chickens, email me or reply here.

  7. dear Agri farming,

    As u said there are several types of breeds in KADAKNATH chickens. so how can we identified the original breed among those other breeds. and why these kadaknath breed chickens so special in price than boiler. can u explain in detail.

  8. Hello sir I am from Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi. I am interested to Kadaknath chicken farming on contract basis on large scale. Do you know any contract company that you can suggest?.

    • Many people are not aware of this chicken breed. Kadaknath chicken farming is gaining momentum. As we know we don’t have any information on who can buy in commercial scale.



    • Kadaknath chicken farming is same regular poultry farming. You need to get proper/pure breed. Many people are not aware of this chicken breed. If you are starting Kadaknath chicken on commercial scale, you should think of marketing as well.

      • Hi,
        I have started karaknath breeding.. but the chickens got infected and regularly some are dying due to this. Can you please suggest proper take care routine for them. Thanks.

  10. sir ,

    i am amrendra sharma from bhind *(m.p) i want to start kadaknath polutry farming . how i start . please guide me
    about market

  11. Sir I want to start kadaknath Chicken contract farming. So pls help me with some information who is doing contract farming. With their contact details. So that I can start business.

    • hello tpdinesh if you are from Maharashtra state i can give you information of a company named maharayat agro India they are doing large scale business in kadknath in Maharashtra

  12. Hi,
    I want to start egg poultry and hen production
    Help me with suppliers and supporters who can support me financially.

  13. Hi Sir
    I want to start a KADAKNATH CHICKEN FARMING BUSINESS in the state of Telengana and also want buy 1 KG Chickens. Please advise.

  14. Hi, my name is Tejpal Singh gill, I want to start a Kadaknath chicken farming business, please guide and support how to start.

  15. @Agrifarming, I am from Tamilnadu, having poultry farm, till now have reared broiler chicken. Would like to start breed Kadaknath chicken. before that would like to know the complete breeding and marketing feasibility in Tamilnadu. Could you help me where I can get the details in TN. Also clarify me whether this breed can be reared in poultry??

  16. Hi, How many Eggs can one get from 1 Kadaknath Chicken in complete life cycle in a natural way? Average eggs count after maturity in one year duration? Is there any calculation done?

  17. Hello,
    I’m interested in KADAKNATH CHICKEN CONTRACT FARMING and wish to get in touch with some good company. I’m based in Chandigarh and have been breeding Aseel Chickens till now.
    Please advice.
    Thank you.
    Bikramjit Gill
    Whistling Hills Farm, New Chandigarh 140901.
    Cell Ph: 76430 00014

  18. Hey, I am from Chhattisgarh
    And I want to do contract farming of kadaknath.. Please share any contact no. From where I can get all the things I want or any company that can provide me the things and form bond.

  19. How can I get Kadaknath in Bangladesh. I am interested about Kadaknath farming. Whats the procedure to get this chicks in Bangladesh.

  20. Hi, I am from Siliguri, West Bengal. I need some pair of month old kadaknath chicks (male and female) for backyard rearing. Can you supply? and what is the price per chick?

  21. Hi sir.. I’m interested in kadaknath farming .. already we have about 100 nos of Desi chicken.. we need 100 chicks of kadaknath to Tamil Nadu nagapattinam district.. where can we buy.. any sellers near here? Pls help me and guide up.. thanks

  22. Hello,

    I am from Vazainagaram, AP and planning to start Country chicken poultry farm and also looking for original Kadaknath chicks. I am a small farmer and planning to start with 100 Kadaknath chicks. Please guide me where can I get the genuine and original breed chicks.



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