PICS ADDED: Rescuers rehome 3,000 escaped chickens after M62 crash

PICS ADDED: Rescuers rehome 3,000 escaped chickens after M62 crash

Rescuers rehome more than 3,000 chickens after M62 crash

PICS ADDED: Rescuers rehome 3,000 escaped chickens after M62 crash

PICS ADDED: Rescuers rehome 3,000 escaped chickens after M62 crash

PICS ADDED: Rescuers rehome 3,000 escaped chickens after M62 crash

PICS ADDED: Rescuers rehome 3,000 escaped chickens after M62 crash

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MORE than 3,000 escaped chickens have been rehomed after a lorry carrying 6,000 birds crashed on the M62 in the early hours of yesterday morning, Wednesday.

Rescuers grabbed two chickens at a time under their arms after waking to the sound of screams at 4am and have since said they have been inundated with calls and could have rehomed the birds ‘three times over’.

Emma Billington, who lives in Eccles close to where the crash occurred, sprang into action after hearing what sounded like a ‘massive smash’ on the motorway.

She added: “We knew we had to help and ran across the field barefoot but what we found was carnage.

“The screams were coming from the birds and I have never heard anything so haunting.

“We started picking them up and putting them in our field and then other people started coming to help and rehome the birds.

“It was the craziest day I have ever known.”

Emma and hundreds of helpers who descended on the site once the news went viral worked from 4am to 11.45pm last night and are convinced they rounded up all of the escaped chickens.

The rest of the birds were put back into crates on the wagon but Emma, who runs Daycare 4 Dogs in Manchester, said she was delighted more than half of the birds got their freedom.

She added: “One of the birds had no feathers and the saddest thing is they may never have been out of their cages before and never known freedom otherwise.

“We live on a tiny road but once word got round we couldn’t move for caring people trying to rehome the chickens and were checking they were going to good homes.

“They have all gone now and it’s such a relief we have been able to help.

“We have set up a hospital for the injured chickens and I want to thank everyone who helped us to save so many.”

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12:59pm Thu 15 May 14

Skippy321 says...

Had this been a lorry load of whiskey, and caring people had assisted the clean up effort by taking home several bottles of the stuff, no doubt to good homes, would this have been regarded as theft? I think so.
What right has the owner of a dog's sanctuary to decide the fate of these chickens? They were not her property.
Had this been a lorry load of whiskey, and caring people had assisted the clean up effort by taking home several bottles of the stuff, no doubt to good homes, would this have been regarded as theft? I think so. What right has the owner of a dog's sanctuary to decide the fate of these chickens? They were not her property. Skippy321
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2:14pm Thu 15 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

My thoughts as well.
My thoughts as well. Nick Tessla
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2:17pm Thu 15 May 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

“We have set up a hospital for the injured chickens and I want to thank everyone who helped us to save so many.”

Could come to my hospital if they want it's called an oven and will sort these chickens out with a nice tan after about 2 hours of 180 degrees!
“We have set up a hospital for the injured chickens and I want to thank everyone who helped us to save so many.” Could come to my hospital if they want it's called an oven and will sort these chickens out with a nice tan after about 2 hours of 180 degrees! GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: -4

2:49pm Thu 15 May 14

ninearches says...

I hope everyone is just as concerned about the well being of the lorry driver .
I hope everyone is just as concerned about the well being of the lorry driver . ninearches
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2:54pm Thu 15 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

ninearches wrote:
I hope everyone is just as concerned about the well being of the lorry driver .
I am pretty sure it would be illegal to give him as a pet to someone.

Mr Wilberforce would turn in his grave.
[quote][p][bold]ninearches[/bold] wrote: I hope everyone is just as concerned about the well being of the lorry driver .[/p][/quote]I am pretty sure it would be illegal to give him as a pet to someone. Mr Wilberforce would turn in his grave. Nick Tessla
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3:03pm Thu 15 May 14

MikeJT says...

2000 of the chicken have been sent to the Anfield retirement village. They are considered experts as they have been counting them all season.
2000 of the chicken have been sent to the Anfield retirement village. They are considered experts as they have been counting them all season. MikeJT
  • Score: 6

3:33pm Thu 15 May 14

Skippy321 says...

ninearches wrote:
I hope everyone is just as concerned about the well being of the lorry driver .
WG failed to even mention the lorry driver, BBC website were slightly more concerned, in paragragh 5 they said he was uninjured.
[quote][p][bold]ninearches[/bold] wrote: I hope everyone is just as concerned about the well being of the lorry driver .[/p][/quote]WG failed to even mention the lorry driver, BBC website were slightly more concerned, in paragragh 5 they said he was uninjured. Skippy321
  • Score: 6

4:05pm Thu 15 May 14

Reader says...

Well I think it's lovely that so many of the chickens have been saved (well ok taken) and have been rehomed :)
Well I think it's lovely that so many of the chickens have been saved (well ok taken) and have been rehomed :) Reader
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1:47am Fri 16 May 14

phil wa1 says...

Surely this is theft/looting as the livestock is the legal property of either a person or organization. Any other goods and the press would surely report this with a different angle. TV's for example.
Surely this is theft/looting as the livestock is the legal property of either a person or organization. Any other goods and the press would surely report this with a different angle. TV's for example. phil wa1
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6:32pm Sun 18 May 14

Mrs1979 says...

I agreed thousands of chicken stolen from m-way !!!
I agreed thousands of chicken stolen from m-way !!! Mrs1979
  • Score: -1

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