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200 Chicks Stolen from Mass. Farm

(Courtesy: USDA)

(Courtesy: USDA)


ASHBURNHAM, Mass. (AP) — A central Massachusetts farmer says 200 chicks have been stolen from their pen at his farm and he suspects animal rights activists are to blame.

Keith Kopley at Kalon Farm in Ashburnham says the Cornish cross chicks hatched in Pennsylvania were delivered on March 13.

He put them in a sawdust-lined wooden pen with two heat lamps and posted a photo on Facebook of them swarming about their feeders and water dish.

Sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. last Thursday, they vanished.

Kopley tells The Sentinel and Enterprise he doesn’t think the theft was profit motivated, because expensive power tools nearby were left behind. He says there’s no evidence a predator got in the pen.

He thinks the theft was a political statement.

Police confirm they are investigating.

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Information from: Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.), http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com

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  • alpinequeen

    The Easter Bunny needed more baby chicks for his visits. And hey kids, this Easter, don’t bite the heads off of any baby chicks that move.

  • Mjmedina

    THIS ISSUE IS NO JOKE.. THE OWNER LIVES OF THOSE CHICKS THAT JUST AS BAD & CRIMINAL AS STEALING MONEY. DAMN ACTIVIST MUST OF HAD DONE IT, THEY COMMIT MORE CRIME & INJUSTICE THAN THE PPL THE POINT THEIR FINGERS AT!! (IM PIST OFF). MORONS

  • Mjmedina

    Hope that Mr. Kopley makes up for his loss.. It’s Silly to have had stolen chicks, hope they catch up with whoever done it.. :-)