Poultry farmers counting losses after stray cats clear their stock

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A stray can running with a farmers hen in Kakrao Village, Migori County PHOTO/COURTESY

Poultry farmers in Kakarao Village, Migori County are up in arms against the rising number of stray cats that have been attacking their birds.

Led by Peter Ondoro, the farmers lamented that they have been losing the chicken to the cats mostly during morning hours when the birds leave pens.

Speaking to PAYUKA, the farmers said the attacks have increased in the last three months despite registering their complains with the local veterinary officials.

 A local farmer Mrs. Linda Ayango said that she had lost 10 mature hens in the past four months adding that early this week, she had to fight one of the cats that had snatched her mature cockerel.

The farmers said that they would be forced to abandon poultry farming unless quick action was taken to tame the cats.

At the same time they called on cat owners to ensure they took proper care of their canines instead of leaving them roaming aimlessly, causing harm to the public.

They said that they would soon mobilize the public to poison all the roaming cats in the area if their owners failed to tame them.

Many of the locals in the area have started arming themselves with pangas, rungus and other crude weapons so as to protect their poultry from the marauding cats.


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