Jersey overrun with feral chickens after families dump pets when they become

They don’t want to kill them by wringing their necks, so what they do is liberate themStewart Petrie, the head of environmental health in Jersey Show more Jersey has been overrun with feral chickens as a result of families dumping pets when they become too big, local authorities have warned.There are understood to be about six broods of chickens nesting around the island – with the largest estimated to be more than 100 in number.Because there are no foxes on the island to act as a natural predator, local authorities are fighting an ongoing battle with the birds, which are waking people up at 3am, pecking at gardens and becoming a traffic hazard as they stray on to roads.Stewart Petrie, the head of environmental health in Jersey, said: “Someone might buy a fluffy, cute little chick, but when it starts defecating everywhere or grows up into a rooster and starts waking them up at 3 o’clock in the morning, they want to get rid of it. “They don’t want to kill them by wringing their necks, so what they do is liberate them.”Jon Parkes, lands manager for National Trust Jersey said “All we can do is just appeal to people to stop dumping animals in the countryside. “They are essentially domesticated animals in the wrong setting.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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