Poultry theft can be a problem for many farmers and can increase at particular times of the year. Thieves steal poultry for a number of reasons, and unless caught in the act rely on people not being able to identify their property and prove ownership.
Things to consider
- If possible keep your poultry where they are not visible from the road or public rights of way.
- Join our Rural Watch scheme to be kept up to date on incidents in the area – display signs that you are in a watch scheme
- Have a good quality padlock and/or alarm on your coop and the shed where you keep feed and bedding. As well as your birds the feed, bedding and metal containers are all prime targets for thieves
- Security lighting with passive infrared sensors are a good deterrent and a way to let you know if someone is on your property. Passive infrared sensor security lighting is also available with built in camera which will record any movement
- Electric fencing can deter potential offenders, as well as being a deterrent for foxes and other pests. Remember to put a visible sign warning that an electric fence is in operation and take precautions to protect the energizer)
- Geese and guinea fowl can act as a natural alarm system as they are very vocal if someone enters the premises
- Take photos of your birds, including any distinguishing marks and any expensive equipment you may have
There are a number of ways to mark your poultry which will act as a deterrent, identifying stolen birds and proving ownership. Ways to tag poultry include:
- Wing tagging (similar to ear tagging in sheep)
- Permanent tattooing
- Spray or mark plumage with vegetable dye
- Closed rings on the birds legs
- Wing stamping
Phone us on 101 to report any suspicious activity, vehicle or person near your property providing as much information as possible.
- Always report a theft, no matter how small, it may be linked to a pattern of crime or similar incidents in your area, we cannot help we don’t know about it