Burkina Faso Proud of Bike Chicken

Many people think, the taste of chicken meat anywhere in the world must be the same. But the people of Burkina Faso disagree. According to them, the chickens that are bred traditionally in their country are different. They boast their chicken tastes delicious and unique, and does not harm health.

The chickens that are proud of in the country in the western region of the African continent are given the name “Bicycle Chicken” or Bicycle Chicken. The chickens are bred traditionally, not kept in cramped cages, and most importantly, as the name implies, are sent by consumers, including wholesalers and small traders, using bicycles or motorbikes.

So proud, the government of Burkina Faso embarked on its mission to use “Bicycle Chicken” as the official name for the country’s traditional production chicken.

A bicycle chicken seller, carries his wares towards the capital city of Ouagadougou, November 10, 1998. (Photo: ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

A bicycle chicken seller, carries his wares towards the capital city of Ouagadougou, November 10, 1998. (Photo: ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

Kader Ouedraogo, a fan of “Bicycle Chicken”, said the superiority of the chicken was not in doubt.

“The local chicken here tastes really good. We often get together and eat chicken. The taste is very good, the taste is natural. Much tastier than other chickens. Since these chickens are naturally bred, they will not harm our health.”

Chicken trader Idrissa Kindo agrees with Ouedraogo’s opinion on the quality of local chicken. “‘Bicycle chickens’ are eight months old before consumption, while broilers are genetically modified chickens and the maximum lifespan is 40 days. Local chickens don’t have too much fat. It’s different from broilers which have a lot of fat. Broilers are full of fat because they are given a special diet. “Fat is harmful to health,” he explained.

Medium “Bicycle Chicken” business booming, especially in the country’s two largest cities, Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso. The Ministry of Animal Resources noted that every day about 130,000 chickens are delivered to wholesalers, restaurants and individual customers in the two cities.

For those whose livelihoods depend on “Bicycle Chickens”, the labeling is profitable. The reason, they have to compete with imported chicken which is cheaper.

By using that name, “Bicycle Chicken” which has a relatively low production rate can be offered at a higher price without having to fear losing the market.

The Burkina Faso government is hoping for a nomination "Bike Chicken" can help this industry further develop.  (Photo: illustration).

The government of Burkina Faso hopes the naming “Bicycle Chicken” can help the industry develop further. (Photo: illustration).

Yaya Bougouma owns a restaurant that grills hundreds of “Bicycle Chickens” every day. He hopes this labeling scheme will validate the quality advantages of “Bicycle Chicken” and secure its position at the top of the market.

“This is my main job. My family and I make a living from ‘Bicycle Chickens’. I also employ 25 people and this is their source of livelihood,” he explained.

Officials in Burkina Faso hope the naming “Bicycle Chicken” can help the industry grow even more.

Issa Sawadogo, Director of the Production Service, Ministry of Animal Resources, said, “We are in the process of branding. Not completely finished because it takes time. Still need meetings at various levels. After that we will officially acknowledge that our local chicken is called ‘Bicycle Chicken’.”

An adult “Bicycle Chicken” retails for between US$6-8, depending on size. When it is processed, or roasted, the chicken will be sold for about 8 US dollars per head. [ab/uh]

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