Mahmudiyah Growth Marked By Village Chicken Incubation
The efforts to restart and rejuvenate business in the Mahmudiyah Village and surrounding area received a huge boost with the delivery of 35,000 eggs from Holland.
Holland eggs were chosen because they are known for their heartiness and fast rate of growth, and to help broaden the chicken heredity in the area. This is the first of three scheduled shipments of eggs for incubation and hatching into chickens.
“This first shipment of 35,000 will result in 35 thousand chickens, and the next shipments will each feature about 30 thousand chickens incubated from these eggs,” said Captain Benjamin Neusse.
Captain Neusse is a Civil Military Operations Officer with 101st Airborne, 3rd BCT, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Battalion. This will result in nearly 95,000 Dutch descent chickens and the survival rate hoped for is for at least 90 percent of them to survive.
This new chicken incubation and hatching effort is one directly supported by the Government of Iraq, and the local Mahmudiyah Qada Poultry Association. The eggs are going to be used as seeder stock for local farmers to re open and rebuild. Many chicken farms were shut down or closed during the increase in violence after the Fall of Saddam Hussein.
This new effort was funded by the Coalition Emergency Commander’s relief program. The ongoing effort will be funded by the Iraqi Government and promises to be a successful effort in rebuilding the infrastructure of Iraq at large.