Drug addicts may have to go “cold turkey” – but it was a chicken living in a bathroom that police found “clucking” during a recent drugs raid in Bristol.
Officers from Avon & Somerset Police found the animal perched on the bathtub, where it was being kept as a pet by its owner, who was being detained as part of drugs enforcement action.
They described it as living in conditions that “fell fowl of acceptable standards”.
Pictures show the bathroom covered in feathers and chicken poo, and toiletries having fallen in the bathtub.
Local beat sergeant PS Tooth felt a bathtub “didn’t amount to free range living” and was “not much of a home sweet home”.
On Facebook, the police force said: “The chicken was seized and brought to the local police station. It has now been re-homed in a chicken sanctuary for poorly treated chickens.”
According to the RSPCA, if keeping chickens your house should be “warm, dry and well-ventilated” and be “cleaned frequently and disinfected to remove parasites”.
They also state that flooring should be covered in dry material to allow for foraging and dustbathing.
There should be “enough space for chickens to exercise, stretch their wings and carry out normal behaviours”.
Chickens need access to an outdoor space and sheltered feed and water so as not to attract rodents.