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RSPCA launches investigation into dumped chicks
Published:  22 February, 2017

The RSPCA has launched an investigation after officers were called to a sea of day-old chicks abandoned in a field in Cambridgeshire. 

The animal welfare charity was called on Friday 17 February by members of the public, who spotted around 1,000 little chicks running around Crowland, near Peterborough.

It is believed the chicks came from a commercial chick producer nearby and may have been abandoned by a third party.

RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs said: “I have never seen anything like it – it was just a sea of yellow. 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 put to sleep. Thankfully, most of the chicks did not appear to be suffering.”

The producer is fully cooperating and assisting the RSPCA with investigations.

“The breeder came to the scene to collect the surviving birds and take them back to their unit,” Stubbs added. “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.”