Zampen Native Chicken

Zampen Native Chicken: New Native Chicken Breed for Filipino Farmers

The Zampen native chicken is a new chicken breed that has been developed by the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD). The name is derived from its geographical origin, namely, Zamboanga Peninsula.

The development of this new native chicken breed took 10 years of research and one of its main characteristics is its very delicious taste. This a pure breed, after having undergone purification process during the years of breeding but it has not yet been commercialized. The commercialization process will take some time and will definitely require buy-in from big farmers willing to try out the breed and attest to its commercial viability. Currently, the university has breeding stocks for farmers that might be interested in raising these chickens.

Farmers planning to raise the Zampen native chickens are advised not to interbreed them with other native chickens in the Philippines or the exotic breeds as this will lead to mongrelization which will water down the qualities that make them unique; qualities that have been developed over 10 years of research to make them suitable and profitable for the farmers in the region.

The university will set up a breeder farm in Davao for the Zampen native chickens to meet the needs of the local farmers.


The Zampen native chickens have the following characteristics:-

  • Tender meat that does not require a lot of boiling
  • Sweet flavour
  • They grow faster than other native chickens in the Philippines
  • Can do well in free range conditions: they are good foragers which lowers feeding cost
  • They have uniform physical characteristics which makes commercialization a lot easier. You can decide to do a large scale Zampen native chickens that are uniform sized making it easier to supply hotels and restaurants.
  • The production performance is predictable unlike that of the other native chickens in the Philippines. This makes great for commercial free range poultry rearing.
  • Produce more eggs

Initial Capital Outlay

Farmers can buy the pullets from the WMSU for P400 while ready to breed roosters go for P500. To raise at least a 1000 chicks of the Zampen native chickens, a farmer will need an initial capital of between P94,000 to P100,000.  Within three months, it is possible for farmers to realize a net income of P23,000. This is a return on investment of approximately 24% which is quite impressive!

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Native Chickens are Big in the Philippines

The introduction of the Zampen native chickens is likely to be a big a boon for the millions of Filipino farmers who raise native chickens for proteins and to supplement their incomes. It is estimated that some 8.5 million Filipinos living mostly in the rural areas raise native chickens either for food but also for extra income.

Native chickens are still loved by many Filipinos for various reasons. The most obvious is their sweet natural taste which you are unlikely to experience with the broilers or exotic chicken breeds. They have excellent survivability even in the toughest of conditions and they can easily thrive in less intensive free range conditions with minimal intervention from the farmer. Thanks to the free range environment where they grow, they move a lot and that means they get to develop more muscles than fat. As a result, the native chickens in the Philippines are relatively fat-free.

There is a strong movement in the Philippines towards native chicken farming. They are perceived as a healthier alternative and they, therefore, command a higher price in the market. The price of native chickens in the Philippines is generally 50-100% higher than those of the exotic commercial breeds and they can therefore raise good income even for a farmer with a relatively small stock.

Native chicken niche market in the Philippines

There is a large and growing niche market of Filipinos who prefer native chickens due to these qualities so farmers always a have a ready market that is not impacted by the production of the commercial chicken breeds. The introduction of the Zampen native chickens will give farmers more options as well as a good investment in the future with better yields and profitability.

The Zampen native chickens, like other native chicken breeds in the Philippines such as Darag chickens, will especially appeal to small to medium scale farmers looking for medium sized stock with less intensive management. The fact that it matures faster is an extra boon for farmers who specialize in native chicken production.

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