Investigation launched after chicks abandoned in field

They wouldn't have survived long out in the cold

A video is shot using a handheld device and shows the cameraman panning around him to display the vast number of chicks scattered around the field.

RSPCA inspectors said members of the public made the discovery of the newly-hatched chickens in a field in Crowland on Friday, February 17.

A United Kingdom animal charity were feeling less than chirpy after realizing someone had abandoned up to 1,800 one-day-old chicks in a field in Cambridgeshire in the UK.

"We are sorry to hear of this outcome. This is a very new, ongoing investigation, and we won't be able to answer any of your questions on it at this time". "We would urge anyone with information to contact us on 0300 1238018".

"The chicks are only about a day old and are really tiny and quite delicate. And the noise was unbelievable", Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals inspector Justin Stubbs said.

"Some, sadly, had to be humanely put to sleep". Most, however, "did not appear to be suffering", according to Stubbs.

The RSPCA said the chicks' farmer had been found and it was likely the birds had been passed to a third party by a "rogue member of staff" and then offered for sale from the back of a van.

"These tiny birds wouldn't have survived long out on their own at such a young age and in such unpredictable weather conditions". Also called "chick disposal", it involves shredding male baby chicks alive as they are deemed to be worthless to the industry because they will not produce eggs when mature.

The charity said it was possible that prior to being dumped, the chicks were being offered for sale.

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