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
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
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.