An RSPCA inspector called to a field containing around 1,000 day-old chicks said he had never seen anything like it and described the scene as a ”sea of yellow”.
Justin Stubbs was called to a field in Crowland, near Peterborough, on 17 February when members of the public raised the alarm after spotting the chicks running around.
Sea of yellow
Inspector Stubbs said: “I have never seen anything like it, it was just a sea of yellow. And the noise was unbelievable.
“The chicks are only about a day old, and are really tiny and quite delicate. Some of the birds were dead or dying when we arrived so some, sadly, had to be humanely euthanised. Thankfully, most of the chicks did not appear to be suffering.”
It is believed the chicks came from a commercial chick producer nearby and may have been abandoned by a third party. The producer is fully cooperating and assisting the RSPCA with its investigations.
Inspector Stubbs explained: “The breeder came to the scene to collect the surviving birds and take them back to their unit. These tiny birds wouldn’t have survived long out on their own at such a young age and in such unpredictable weather conditions.
“For someone to dump these vulnerable chicks is unbelievable. But I’d like to thank all the members of the public who teamed together to help us round up all the birds and confine them in boxes where they could huddle together for warmth.”
All the birds were humanely euthanised later.
- Anyone with information on who is responsible for dumping the birds should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.