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Vanaraja chickens

Introduction to Vanaraja Chickens

Vanaraja chickens are fast growing high egg producing birds. Under free range system they thrive will provide good profit for the poultry farmer. Economic pointers include 650 grams in 6 weeks, 2kg-4kg at full maturity. Age of bird at first egg production is 175 days.

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About Vanaraja chickens

Vanaraja is a poultry chicken breed that originated from India. Country of origin is India, distribution India and used for egg and meat production. Average weight of hen is 1- 2.2kg and the dual purpose bird was developed by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Directorate of Poultry Research in India.

The bird was developed for rural farming mode of production especially free-range farming. Vanaraja are rugged have good feed conversion ratio, good scavengers. They produce brown eggs while the plumage is multi-colored. They have good longevity, highly resistant to diseases perfect for local poultry farming or small hold backyard production. The birds requires scheduled vaccination and produce an average of 110 eggs a year.

Vanaraja chicken

Facts on Vanaraja Chickens

  1. Developed by ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research(DPR)
  2. Hybrid Bird
  3. Has attractive multi colourd feathers
  4. High disease resistance
  5. Produce large brown eggs
  6. Low cost maintenance
  7. Prefer free-range system
  8. Eat leafy grass, insects poultry feed
  9. Reared in semi or intensive culture
  10. Perfect for organic farming
  11. Female weight 2.25kg male 4kg
  12. Adult female lays 110-130 eggs annually
  13. Good for egg and meat production

Disease, vaccination and veterinary care

At day 1 the chicks are vaccinated for Marke’s disease, strain HVT, dose 0.20ml route of administration SC injection. On 5th day they are vaccinated for Newcastle disease, strain Lasota, eye drop dose 1 drop. At 14 days they are vaccinated against infectious Bursal disease strain Georgia mode of administration oral drop. When the reach 21 days the vet injects IM/SC 0.20ml against fowl pox. Day 28 they administer eye drops against New castle disease.9th week SC Injection for new castle and 12th week SC Injection for fowl pox.


  1. Marke’s disease, strain HVT, dose 0.20ml
  2. 5th vaccinated for Newcastle disease, strain Lasota
  3. 14 vaccinated against infectious Bursal disease
  4. 21 days the vet injects IM/SC 0.20ml against fowl pox
  5. Day 28 New castle disease
  6. 9th week SC Injection for Newcastle
  7. 12th week SC Injection for fowl pox

Free-range farming

Free-range farming is the rearing of animals in a farm land devoid of cages. The land has perimeter fence to keep the livestock in and predators out. Vanaraja chickens are well adapted to free-range management system. The chicks are first reared in a nursery then introduced to free-range when they attain 700grams.

Choice of range land should have adequate fauna, water resources and shelter shed to rest at night. Feeding involves scavenging, provision of poultry feed, broken rice, rice bran, worms. Use commercial layer feed including supplements for both egg and meat production.

However egg production birds are capable of producing at 2.5kg with only natural feed consumption. Although the birds are disease resistant the require vaccination from common poultry disease. Common disease are Marke’s, Newcastle disease, infectious Bursal and fowl pox.

Vanaraja chicken


  • Scavenging
  • Eat fauna
  • Insects
  • Broken rice
  • Rice bran
  • Kitchen waste

Technical support

Local farmers in India enjoy technical support from ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research (DPR) in production. The farmers enjoy low maintenance and good returns on their investment.

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