A poultry farm in Maharashtra approached the police claiming that hens at his farm have stopped laying eggs after consuming the feed manufactured by a particular firm.
The incident was reported in Pune district.
“The complainant is a poultry farm owner. He and at least four other poultry farm owners in his area also faced the same issue, following which he submitted a complaint to us,” said Rajendra Mokashi, senior police inspector.
The complainant stated he had purchased the poultry feed from a company based in the neighbouring Ahmednagar district of the state.
The police then consulted the block level animal husbandry officer in Ahmednagar over this issue.
“The official told us that it is a common phenomenon that sometimes a particular feed does not suit hens and they stop laying eggs after consuming it,” said Mr Mokashi.
Citing the official, Mr Mokashi said such instances of hens not laying eggs after they were given a new feed had occurred in the past. Once hens are fed the old feed, they start laying eggs again, he said.
“The manufacturer assured us they would take back the feed and offer the compensation to the affected farmers for their losses,” Mr Mokashi added.