Last week, the Vets without Borders team in Laos took a trip to visit chicken farms at one of their project villages. At the six month mark in the project, it was time for all of the chickens to receive their fourth round of vaccinations for disease prevention.
The day was also an opportunity to mentor the Primary Animal Health Workers (PAHWs) through the vaccination process.
Just like many other farmers all across Laos, most farmers in the project village raise chickens for occasional home consumption, but mostly for sale at the markets, and are not in the habit of eating the eggs. Chickens generally have a free run of the neighborhood, which can pose problems for diseases and inbreeding. However, thanks to the work of our partner agency, the Faculty of Agriculture, Vets without Borders, and the PAHWs and farmers in each village, chickens are now being raised with improved practices. Poultry farmers now have the education and materials to build chicken coops and to use improved feeding practices with troughs and clean water containers. Vaccination clinics are helping prevent the chickens from getting diseases that will kill off the flock.
Now, instead of all chickens heading to the market to be sold, the healthy flock can be diversified into egg producers for new chicks and egg consumption, chicken meat consumption, and others to be sold for income. Farmers and their families are also learning how to identify how to select chickens to keep and which to sell.
With healthier chickens in the village, families have more options for household income and nutrition! A big thanks to veterinarians Margot and Lota the PAHW’s for doing such a great job in making a difference!