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200 feral chickens run amok on estate… and postie ‘too scared’ to deliver

Ruling the roost: Breeding pair triggered population explosion PICS: SWNS

A PRIVATE housing estate has been overrun by 200 chickens — ‘scaring away’ the postman and leaving residents in fear of a health hazard.

The ‘feral’ flock was created after a rooster and hen were abandoned by their owners when they left the new-build estate in Diss, Norfolk, earlier this year. Now scores of chickens and six roosters roam residential roads, with dozens of new chicks each week.

Carol Morris, 71, said: ‘I love them but they are everywhere now. It’s crazy, and it’s getting too much.

‘It is dangerous, too, as the chickens are always crossing the road with cars coming through the estate.’ People have been putting out bread and birdseed, but this has made the birds tame and now some residents are being forced to block their gardens. Mrs Morris added: ‘We need a farmer or land owner to come along and take them away.’

Some residents complain of noise nuisance as the cocks start crowing at 4am — and revealed their postman has refused to do his round. His stand-in, who asked not to be named, said: ‘I have to do this route now because he is frightened of the chickens.’

The RSPCA said there were no welfare issues and the chickens were ‘healthy and thriving’.

South Norfolk Council said it had no legal authority to remove the chickens as they are classed as wild animals. But a spokesman added: ‘We are in discussion with a number of animal charities in the hope they can take at least some of the birds and rehome them safely.’