In Summary

  • I first got rid of the remaining stock and then swept the floors and walls to remove all the dust and organic matter. I also removed all the equipment including drinkers, feeders and laying boxes, cleaned them and dried in the sun.
  • I then washed the premises using a common soap detergent and later disinfected it to ensure the poultry house was disease-free. I had been advised to then leave the premises unoccupied for at least three months.
  • There are good reasons why I didn’t want to source my chicks from unreliable sources. I know there are very many unscrupulous breeders who cash in on farmers.
  • I am now combining hygiene practices (farm biosecurity measures) that I have put in place and vaccination programme.

I was anxious when I called Kalro Naivasha to enquire about an order of chicks I had placed six months ago.

On the other end, someone picked, and when I uttered Grace, the lady I had expected to talk to, a male voice responded, “She doesn’t work here anymore.”

This raised alarm in my mind, thinking that I had been conned.

I went back to my records to confirm the M-Pesa transaction I did when booking for the 500 day-old chicks.

I had transacted Sh12,500 amounting to 25 per cent deposit. The chicks were to be delivered by March, but six months later, I was still waiting.

To my relief, the gentleman directed me to call another number for help.

I was relieved when Anthony informed me that my order would be ready by yesterday. If you recall, I haven’t brought in any new stock of chicks since sometime in August last year.

The reason for this for me to buy time to clean my infected chicken houses to get rid of two nasty infections. At the peak of the attack in December, I had lost about 594 (a 72 per cent death rate) of the stock.

I first got rid of the remaining stock and then swept the floors and walls to remove all the dust and organic matter. I also removed all the equipment including drinkers, feeders and laying boxes, cleaned them and dried in the sun.

I then washed the premises using a common soap detergent and later disinfected it to ensure the poultry house was disease-free. I had been advised to then leave the premises unoccupied for at least three months.

Now after a six months wait, my order is ready and I am about to resume my business.

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