Archive for Wednesday, September 5, 2012

100 chickens stolen in unusual livestock theft

September 5, 2012


Authorities are investigating a cut fence and 100 missing chickens from a property in Ottawa.

“We have no idea what happened,” said Franklin County Sheriff Jeffry Curry. “But they’re missing.”

The missing birds, along with a missing four-wheel ATV and $1,000 mower were reported to police Saturday, Curry said. The owner, from Leawood, doesn’t live on the property, which is on the southeast edge of Ottawa, so it’s not exactly clear when the theft occurred.

A padlock to the property was undamaged, and it appeared the thieves gained access by cutting the fence.

Curry said it’s not unusual to field reports of livestock thefts in the county, but it’s generally for theft of larger animals, such as cattle or horses.

Could the birds have sneaked off through the empty fence? Curry said that’s unlikely, as they haven’t had any reports of loose fowl in the area.

Curry said they’ll follow up on the case like any other property theft.

“We absolutely take it seriously,” Curry said. “For the victim, it’s a pretty big deal.”

Curry estimates the chickens’ value at $600.

Police are hoping that a tip helps crack the case, but there are “no leads as of yet,” Curry said.

Because chickens aren’t tagged or branded, the sheriff says he’s not sure how they’ll be identified.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.


David Holroyd 5 years, 7 months ago

Might want to check out KFC. and chick fil la. I did have a tasty soup today on Mass st that had chicken in it. But then at the democratic convention there. were a hundred birds there since birds of a feather flock together.

mikekt 5 years, 7 months ago

Yes, the real birds that you should be watching out for are called vulture capitalists & soon, if they have their way, you'll be getting your soup in a line that the Kocks own & you pay for!

Good luck. That flock of circling political criminals are just waiting to pick your bones of your last buck !

Flap Doodle 5 years, 7 months ago

Gotta get those talking points in somehow, right, mikey?

riverdrifter 5 years, 7 months ago

Chicken rustlers. Times are tough, indeed.

introversion 5 years, 7 months ago

I like that the stolen ATV and the mower were a footnote to the allegedly stolen chickens.

Good detective work that the chickens maybe just maybe wandered out through the cut fence.

How is it that livestock were apparently left to their own for days at a time? I'd like to know what kind of chickens those were that could provide for themselves for extended periods.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 7 months ago

Chickens that were bioenginered at a military lab. They cut the fence and took the ATV and mower. What you read is just a cover story.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 7 months ago

Yah, talk about missing a step. You're s'posed to poach the eggs, not the chickens.

deec 5 years, 7 months ago

Maybe a poultrygeist freed the chickens.

verity 5 years, 7 months ago

Who fed the chickens? Ever heard of feeders? Do you fill your bird feeders every day?

sr80 5 years, 7 months ago

Now ! now ! Verity, don't you go showing any commonsense,you might make people fill stupid !

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 7 months ago

Yes, as a matter of fact, I put out food for the birds and squirrels every day, but I don't use those feeders you buy at the store. I use plates and bowls and such. I also put out water for them. When I was young we thew chicken feed out into the yard, broadcasting it. In the summer they perched in trees. I am going to google what a feeder in a chicken house would look like.

progressive_thinker 5 years, 7 months ago

Did anyone notice that September is National Chicken Month?

Just sayin........

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