'Pinless peeper' to calm aggressive poultry birds introduced in Kerala
A new variety of 'nose pin' has been introduced for roosters in poultry farms to avoid fighting with each other. The equipment named 'pinless peeper' is a kind of clip worn on the beak of roosters and it looks like the bird is wearing spectacles. It was imported by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in Pathanamthitta under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
The major challenge faced by those who rear chicken in cages is the fighting nature of the birds. Sometimes, the birds kill the opponent and also break their own eggs laid in cages. This causes huge loss to the farmers. The roosters that turn aggressive on seeing strangers also can be managed with the new equipment.
Pinless peeper was found out to be useful for the poultry farmers in Kerala in a study conducted under the leadership of Kottarakkara native Dr Sancy Mathew, the head of the Department of Animal Science in Pathanamthitta KVK. Attempts to manufacture the equipment locally is progressing as directed by KVK head Dr C P Robert.
The chicken varieties like BV-380 and Athulya are known for their nature of fighting with each other. As per statistics, about 10-20 percent of the birds in poultry farms die of fighting. This also leads to decline in egg production.
As pinless peeper blocks the straight view of the bird, it cannot view the opponent in the front and this stops them from fighting with each other. However, the birds can easily have food and water without any trouble. Only the aggressive birds should put on the equipment.
Rs 25 only
It costs only Rs 25 to put pinless peeper on one bird. Considering the price of chicken and egg, this is very cheap. The equipment was imported from the US. This is commonly used in foreign countries. It has been decided to manufacture it locally, if more farmers want it.
Suitable in cages
In older times, fowls were allowed to walk around the place instead of keeping in cage all the time. But now, the birds cannot be let out due to the unavailability of spaces and the increasing menace of stray dogs and mongoose. Even the local variety of chicken are grown in cages these days. So, pinless peeper is useful for most of the poultry farms.