Feathering a nest
Madam -- I read with interest Willie Kealy's article on suburban hen-keeping (Sunday Independent, April 22, 2012). I particularly wanted to point out the downside of this new trend.
As a result of the increased popularity of hen-keeping, there has been a rise in hen-rustling in the countryside. Just last week, four hens were stolen from my coop, along with their little White Silky cockerel. Two months ago, someone else in the area suffered the same fate, and friends nearby had theirs stolen previously. A lot of thieves are supplying hens for this new market as a nice little earner, at a great cost to those of us who keep hens in the country.
I, in the meantime, have been left without my laying hens, and their eggs, the means of earning food and bedding for my rescue hens. I am unemployed and these hens are my reason for getting up in the morning. They make me feel like I have a job to go to.