Chickens found squeezed and abandoned in paint bucket

Five birds who were found in a paint bucket in Nottingham are now being cared for by the RSPCA, who want to know more about how they came to be abandoned.

A member of the public found the five Bantam-type fowls in an alleyway off Broadwood Road, in Bestwood, on Friday. The birds had been squeezed into a plastic bucket - used to contain fence preservative - with a piece of wood stuck on top.

RSPCA inspector Dave McAdam, who is investigating, said:

“They were kept in incredibly cramped conditions and had no access to food and water. We can’t say for sure how long they had been in this situation for, however they were suffering unnecessarily. It is saddening that owners feel the need to abandon animals for whatever reason. Had they not been found, they would have likely been attacked by foxes or cats. It is an offence to abandon animals and leaving them in circumstances where their needs are not being met - including being abandoned in an appalling environment, like these birds were.”

RSPCA inspector Dave McAdam.

Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018, leaving a message for Inspector McAdam.