Thieves nicking hipsters’ hens
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.”