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Rare breed poultry targeted by thieves

PUBLISHED: 12:20 08 July 2008 | UPDATED: 08:26 28 March 2014

Rare hens are being stolen to order by gangs of chicken rustlers as prices for these birds soar

An


estimated 1,500 birds have been stolen this year to meet the demand for


rare breeds, such as the Orpington, Marans and Welsummer, according to a report in The Independant newspaper. The increased


demand has been put down to recent popular programmes promoting free


range poultry.
The report says that birds are being taken largely from people


keeping poultry for the first time, often in their back garden.
Prices for rare breed birds have increase to as


much as £250 for a chocolate Orpington, and Buff Orpintons are fetching


10 times the price paid the same time last year.
   

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