Giant Bungoma Cock Escapes Knife For 27 Years, Owner Wants Rooster In Guinness World Record


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Call it a monster chicken or tremendously abnormal cock, but this hefty fowl spotted in Sinoko village, Bungoma county, is probably the age mate or even older than many youths in Kenya.

The owner, who is a poultry farmer, said the 27 year old cock was passed down to him by his father who had it until 1999. For the past 17 years he has taken care of the bird. And the healthy fowl barely fall sick despite not being under any special treatment.

Mzee Andrew Chiuli from Webuye East noted that the bird was about ten years old when his father gave him the bird. The bird started feeding on maize, sunflower seed and millet since 2005, but fed on local meals the previous years.

Andrew told the media:

I inherited this bird when it was about 10 years old after my father Christopher Matatizo died. This is a puzzle we are yet to unravel.

The bird used to walk up to the village elder’s homestead about a hundred metres from here and spend the whole day there. It would return at 6pm but it is now old and only walks in the compound.

He revealed the bird is the same age with his first born son and has birthed numerous offspring in the village for its rare and preferred breed.

Expressing the bond between the cock and his family, Andrew said he has no intention of killing the special gift he had received from his father which has turned into a pet to the entire family.

Andrew added,

Not only has it turned it into part of my household, it also saw the birth of all my other three children excluding the first son who is the same age with the bird.

But all Andrew is asking for is for the media to help share the story in order to attract the attention of the Guinness Book of Records, and to have the fowl included among the unusually phenomenal people in the wolrd. He, in his words, said the rooster has of course broken the world’s chicken record and deserves to be crowned as such.

He also wants researchers to carry out a research on the bird to find out the secret behind its strange long life.

According to Andrew

This chicken is a blessing because it came to me even before I got married and I have more than 120 indigenous chicken in my compound.

Andrew’s wife, Prisca Wangila, said she, for the first time, saw the bird in 2002. That was when the couple tied the knot. She also conceded it has never been sick.

Wangila said.

I asked my mother-in-law where the rooster came from. She told me it was given to my father-in-law as a present from relatives he had visited when it was a chic.

She said their four children love the bird and deem it a pet.

Poultry farmers in the village were also as shocked as you when they heard the news. To the farmers, it is odd to see a cock that exceeds five years old without dying from diseases. And at that age, according to them the fowl’s flesh would be very tough.