Unlike the improved chicken breeds a lot of people prefer Kienyeji although they tend to be expensive due to their scarcity.
The high demand for indigenous poultry due to health-conscious lifestyles have contributed to enlarge theft in Nakuru County.
The County Secretary for poultry keepers, Michael Wachira stated a quantity of their contributors in particular at the teachers’ property and Lanet have lost their birds because of the profitable market in Nairobi where they go for as excessive as Sh1,400 per chicken.
He said the theft of indigenous chickens was once never taken severely via protection officers who in most instances downplay the reports, as a result discouraging victims from reporting such occurrences.
Wachira was once talking in a meeting with hen keepers at Lanet on Thursday, where the farmers referred to as for stern action in opposition to the criminals.
He stated thieves who can sneak into somebody’s compound, destroy into the fowl coop, have to now not be perceived as petty criminals, seeing that aside from trespassing they walk away with shares worth hundreds of shillings.
The secretary entreated security officers and the courts to take the fowl theft significantly because the farmers incur high production cost in terms of labour, vaccination, feeding and business.
He brought that some farmers have resolved to retaining their fowl internal the homes at night for concern of theft, including this was each unhygienic and a trouble to the farmers.
Wachira cited that not like large-scale farmers’ whose reports have been taken severely the cry via small-scale farmer was once in most instances dealt with as a nuisance, but they are majority in the country.
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