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Monday, 04 April 2011 (3013763)
Chickens get home to roost
by David Simister

WANDERING chickens in a West Lancashire village have been rehomed by police officers - but only after attracting the attention of the national newspapers.

Police said that one of its wildlife officers has rehomed chickens and cockerels which have been causing problems for residents of Banks for the past three years.

Residents had made regular complaints to police about the noise at dawn, as well as the mess created by the birds and damage that was being done to gardens.

Lancashire Constabulary’s civilian wildlife officer Mark Thomas said: “We were told that a couple of the birds were originally dumped by their owner around three years ago and since then their numbers have multiplied.

“Early in the morning at about 4am the cockerels would start crowing, causing a noise nuisance for the residents. They would also create a mess by searching for food with the other chickens.”

“It wasn’t fair on either the birds or those living near by for them to stay roaming the residential area so fortunately we have been able to find them all of them new homes where they can get the care and attention they need.”

The chickens and cockerels, which roamed wild in the Abbingdon Drive area, have attracted the attention of the national media, with the Daily Mail and the BBC, and news organisations as far afield as the United States and Nigeria flocking to report the situation.

Lancashire Constabulary said the birds were rounded up as they started to roost, so as to cause them as little distress as possible, before being transported to their new homes in transport cages.


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