First re­spon­ders in­ves­ti­gate fowl mys­tery

The Observer (Sarnia) - - NATIONAL NEWS -

NORTH SAANICH , B.C. — Po­lice and fire­fight­ers north of Vic­to­ria had to work hard not to ruf­fle any feath­ers dur­ing an un­usual roundup in­volv­ing dozens of chick­ens.

Per­son­nel were called to five dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions on the Saanich penin­sula Thurs­day to catch 91 hens.

Of­fi­cials quickly hatched a plan to herd the birds into an avail­able tennis court while wait­ing for an­i­mal con­trol crews to ar­rive.

Cen­tral Saanich Const. Ann Piper says civil­ians helped with ef­forts to cap­ture the mis­laid egg lay­ers that were wan­der­ing in the mostly ru­ral area.

She says farm­ers told of­fi­cers the hens looked old and past their prime, and one had to be eu­th­a­nized.

Piper says ev­ery­one is still brood­ing over the ques­tion of where the chick­ens came from, try­ing to de­ter­mine if they es­caped or were dumped.

“We had the help of a lo­cal farmer in our area. Ryan Vantreight came up and helped, he owns a lot of the land around there. And he called all the lo­cal farm­ers and no one had any miss­ing chick­ens,” said Piper.

Large com­pa­nies that han­dle chick­ens were also con­tacted and Piper said none were miss­ing any birds, ei­ther.

Of­fi­cials are hop­ing the owner comes for­ward, but the chick­ens could be adopted if that doesn’t hap­pen.

The Cana­dian Press

NORTH SAANICH FIRE DE­PART­MENT

A North Saanich Fire De­part­ment fire­fighter holds a chicken.

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