Thieves nick­ing hip­sters’ hens

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THIEVES are tar­get­ing mid­dle class homes to steal fancy chick­ens that can be worth hun­dreds of pounds.

Known as Hip­ster Hens the breeds like Pol­ish Friz­zles and Si­likes have seen their pop­u­lar­ity soar in the last few years.

Posh fam­i­lies spend a fortune on un­usual breeds that have be­come a mag­net for thieves.

In­sur­ance claims for stolen chick­ens rose by a third last year, NFU Mu­tual re­vealed. The aver­age cost of claims also in­creased from just un­der £500 to £1,441.

Vic­to­ria Wal­ton, a ru­ral af­fairs spe­cial­ist at NFU Mu­tual, said some rare “cute” breeds can fetch up to £200 a bird.

She added: “A rise in pop­u­lar­ity amongst a new breed of “hen hip­sters” has cre­ated a lu­cra­tive lux­ury poul­try mar­ket.”

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