How many types of animals really should be kept under one roof? For many people, the answer to this question will be one, two, or three at most.
However, animal lovers can be interested in the possibility of keeping different types of animals under one roof.
For Ian Ngonjiri, keeping and nurturing different animals under one roof is his passion that he has actually managed to keep for several years now. Ngunjiri who currently resides in a suburb of Nairobi where he also practices his trade which he started with local doves before increasing the number of animals to his swimming pool.
Ian has always been passionate about pets.
City biz reporter visited him at his workplace (animal farm) in Umoja 2 and found him cooking food for his dogs. He tells us that dogs are not only the usual species, but special breeds imported from Germany, the United States, Singapore and Australia. Specific dog breeds include pot belly, pitbull, German shepherd, Marinois, Chihuahua and Rottweiler.
These are mainly used for mating and breeding purposes.
“Customers who want to mate their dogs come here and the process starts immediately after paying the required fee which ranges from Sh10,000 to Ksh 15,000 depending on the dog breed,” he tells City Biz, adding that prices for puppies range from Sh30,000 to Sh50,000 once. Others by breed.
Although the shed appears to be in a secluded place, it has managed to get clients from different parts of Nairobi and its suburbs.
“We get clients from as far away as Kitengela, Machakos, Naivasha and other parts of the country” reveals Ian adding that although we use social media to reach potential customers, referrals have worked well for us
Under the same shed there are also various types of indigenous and modern poultry including ducks, doves, trumpeters, capuchins, brooks, speeders and hungarians. Ian also keeps special types of chicken including bantam, black meat, silk, Guena pig, Polish, frozen, and original types. There are also different types of ducks including the Egyptian duck, the jumbo, the Indian runner, the Pekin and the Malady.
The prices of this type of poultry range from 3,000 to 5,000 shillings depending on the type of bird and market demand.
The Ngunjiri has also benefited from the high demand for rabbits, and as such, they also keep special breeds, particularly the California white that is rarely found in Kenya. It also maintains to meet the needs of customers who want this type of breed for mating and other products such as fur and meat.
Other animals under Ian’s roof include goats and pigs. Although he may not generate sales on a daily basis, he has been able to generate stable profits due to the variety of animals he deals with.
The main challenge associated with this business is disease outbreaks that if not managed well can affect many of his animals.
“We have to be very vigilant about disease outbreaks or else we will suffer a huge loss in the event of a pandemic.”
Another challenge is the high cost of operations resulting from the high prices of food products.
“We get special foods from animal food vendors in different parts of the property, and the cost has now tripled, a factor affecting our overall profits”
A typical day for a ngungiri begins with the usual cleaning of the entire animal shed, after which he begins to search or make food for the animals. In between, he had to bring in clients looking for services or products from his farm.
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