Animal lover's plea over missing henBy Becky Barnes
December 14, 2012
An animal lover is appealing for information to help solve the mystery of her missing pet chicken.
Lynne Pothecary, 46, was on holiday when her beloved ex-battery hen Nellie disappeared from the coop.
She said: “It is awful we do not know her fate – it was a real dampener on the holiday.
“Her disappearance is a mystery, and very frustrating that we don’t know what happened to her – she’s still sorely missed.”
Lynne’s friend was feeding her pets while she and husband Roger, 46, were in China and Hong Kong for her cousin’s wedding last month.
Lynne, of Abingdon Close, Harmans Water, said: “She came round to feed my cats and chickens.
“The coop door was already shut and the other three chickens were out – my neighbours searched for Nellie for days but she had completely vanished.”
She said it would have been impossible for Nellie to fly over the fence or close the coop door.
She added: “If she had been killed by a fox it would have killed all the other chickens but there were no feathers and no blood – it is a real mystery.”
Nellie has been missing for nearly six weeks and subsequently her companion Mabel died on Friday.
Lynne said: “They were both characters – Nellie was the ‘top hen’ in the coop, and Mabel was her ‘second in command’.
“Mabel was quite a feisty character, very much like her namesake, my husband’s grandmother.
“She had been a bit poorly for a while.
“She was about four, and hens only live until about four but it must have been partly because Nellie had gone.”
The couple named Nellie after Lynne’s grandmother who died a few years ago and Mabel was named after Roger’s grandmother who died this year aged 96.
Both hens used to lay eggs at a battery farm and Lynne, who volunteers for Bracknell & Wokingham Districts Cats Protection, rescued them.
Lynne said: “We adopted four through the The British Hen Welfare Trust [formerly The Battery Hen Welfare Trust] which rehomes ex-battery hens.
“It is very sad by the age of 18 months they are considered past their best and they get rehomed or slaughtered.”
Lynne added: “I want to feel I’ve done absolutely everything I can to find Nellie.
“There is no way she could have got out herself so it would be nice to solve the mystery.”
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