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When Frances Uhran discovered her chickens had vanished from a friend’s farm, she did what any good pet detective would do: she turned to the Internet and a psychic.
The Grand Valley, Ont. woman, who breeds a variety of types of chickens, including silkies, known for their fluffy, soft plumage. She enters some some of her birds in shows. Others keeps others as family pets. This fall, a number of her her birds were being kept at the farm of a fellow chicken breeder in Wakefield, Que. when unbeknownst to either of them, a bird-brained plot was being hatched.
About two dozen of Uhran’s birds vanished sometime between Nov. 23-26. Urhan began posting photos in local feed, pet and grocery stores – and asked her friends and other feather enthusiasts to do the same. She also spread the word on social media and other websites hoping some crowdsourcing would do the trick.
“We were given a lead on who had them by a pet psychic,” she said in an in an interview on Dec. 16. “Lauren Bode donated her services – 100 per cent accurate!”
“The person who he sold to came forward did not realize situation,” Uhran said.
The birds are to be returned to Uhran on Wednesday. They are all said to be in good health.
“Boy, it is gonna be a big party when we get them home,” she said. “Treats for the chickens; drinks for us!”
It was bittersweet reunion.
Silk, the beloved pet of Uhran’s children, died during the ordeal. The other surviving chickens and roosters are in rough shape suffering from frostbite and overall lack of proper care. They have pale combs, are skinny and lethargic, Uhran said.
“We will have our work cut out for us to nurse them back to health,” she added. “I am preparing special high-protein, high-fat meals, heat lamps, antibiotics.”
The birds will also be put in quarantine in case they picked up any diseases from the other flock where they were being kept. On the bright side, two young chicks that were kept in the house are doing really well.
“They made out the best,” Uhran said.
Photos Frances Uhran