How to Keep Rodents Away (Part II)

Here is the continuation of keeping the so called pests from your poultry farm, courtesy of New Vision.

How we keep them at bay

“We cannot use poison because of we do it, then some of the chicken may eat on the same feeds and they die,” Celia says. Using traps also proves not effective because again, they may trap some of the chicken. The best way therefore is to prevent them from entering the houses.

At Kironde Lule`s farm and at Nkondo poultry farm, which is located at Nkondo near Bombo, the chicken houses were constructed with what are termed as ‘rodents bars’. These are near the basement of the structures.

They are flat iron sheets constructed within the walls, at the end of the basement. They run/skirt around the entire building.

“When the rodents emerge from the bushes to try and enter the house by climbing the walls, they cannot skirt over the iron sheet so they go back,” one of the managers at Nkondo farm says.

But of course the rodents are not sitting down either. When Nkondo poultry farm started this innovation, the rodents devised new ways of entering the chicken houses. They used to climb electric poles, use the ‘solid wire’ that connected power from the pole to the chicken house before finding their way into the house.

“That is why we put simple barriers on the wires. These barriers do not only stop the rodents from accessing the chicken houses, but also stop them from moving from one structure to another,” one of the managers at Nkondo farm explained.

The iron sheet innovation is easy to adopt by every farmer. Depending on the sizes of the poultry houses, 1 10feet iron sheet, cut into 4 pieces can cover an area of 40feet of a building. An iron sheet costs around sh32,000.

In addition to these buriers, the walls of the chicken houses should be extra smooth. This is because rodents find it difficult to climb over smooth surfaces.

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