Hens stolen weeks after ducks theft from Dorset farm
Twenty brown laying hens have been stolen from a farm in Dorset just weeks after a duck and 10 ducklings were stolen from the same address.
The hens, which have a combined value of about £400, were taken from a farm along Wareham Road in Organford near Poole between 2 and 3 November.
A small poultry house and a duck with her 10 ducklings were stolen from the same farm between 10 and 11 October.
It is the sixth break-in at the small holding so far this year.
Animal housing, feeding equipment and about 35 birds - including geese, chickens and ducks and rare breeds of poultry - have been stolen so far this year.
The owner of the small holding, who does not want to be named, said: "We've now stopped stocking rare breeds of poultry because we can't keep getting things nicked."
All of the hens had plastic yellow leg rings and are worth about £20 each, police said.
PC Claire Jephcott, of Dorset Police, said: "These have been very upsetting incidents for the victim."
Anyone offered poultry for an unusually low price is asked to contact police.