The introduction of Improved Kienyeji Chicken rearing by the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute in the year 2011 and introduction of the Indian Kuroiler in Kenya gave a new face to Poultry Farming in the country. Previously, farmers commonly focused on Layers and broilers farming. The kienyeji farming was only practiced in small scales and was not yet commercialized. However, improved kienyeji rearing has, in the recent past, found some strong interest among farmers who are now practicing it not just for domestic purposes but also for commercial purposes. The practice has even found its way among some urban areas although is yet to be absorbed fully as a part of mainstream sources of income in these areas.
The name KIENYEJI is a local Swahili whose English equivalent is ‘Free range’.
There are different types improved kienyeji breeds that are currently popular in Kenya:
1. Kari improved kienyeji
2. Kuroiler improved kienyeji
3. Rainbow Rooster
4. Sasso chicken
5. Kenbro Chicken
6. Dominant Kienyeji Chicken