NOT FLOWN THE COOP: White pekin bantams that weren’t taken when a thief targeted bird coops in Alstonville overnight last Friday.
NOT FLOWN THE COOP: White pekin bantams that weren’t taken when a thief targeted bird coops in Alstonville overnight last Friday. ROSS IRBY

Breeder pleads for information after fowl deed

IN A crime most foul a thief under cover of darkness snatched 15 valuable show fowls from their Alstonville backyard.

With an excellent bloodline that makes them potential grand show winners, the white pekin bantams were stolen from their bird coops overnight last Friday.

Their distressed owner, who did not want to be named, said he did not hear any loud squawks of fear from the bantams.

At six weeks old they are the spring hatchings for the 2008/09 season.

Their good breeding means the fowls are worth hundreds of dollars each.

The elderly man, who has bred bantams for 60 years, said the kidnapping victims included the mother hen and four old English game bantams.

The timber and wire fowl coops had been secured with latches.

The owner at first feared the missing fowls had become a smorgasbord to a hungry python or preying fox, but after a quick search of the crime scene quickly realised they had been stolen.

“I have lost bantams to pythons and foxes, but usually the python is caught inside the pen because it can't get out after swallowing them,” he said.

“They were stolen as there is nothing to suggest misadventure, not a thing.”

The breeder, who has won many major prizes, including Grand Champion of Show at various poultry shows, described the show world as very competitive and taken seriously by breeders.

He has pleaded for anyone with information on the missing fowls to contact police.

He would not comment on whether the thief could have been a rival in the breeding or show world.

Police are investigating the crime.



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