A CHAMPION carer is counting the cost of yet another raid on her chicken farm.
Dozens of chickens were stolen in the latest break-in at the farm at Welton-le-Wold, near Louth.
Les Good, 68, whose lifetime of care has been acknowledged by Princess Anne as patron of charity Sense, said her family is heartbroken at the thefts.
More than 50 rare hens and cockerels – including commercial light Sussex, silver light Sussex, heritage light Sussex, Welsummer, Rhode Island Red, Brahma and Russian Orloff – were stolen in August.
Thieves returned again sometime in the last week of September. This time, about 60 chickens were stolen.
Les said: "It has happened repeatedly throughout the 15 years we have been here. It is so upsetting. They cut their way through the hedge and take them away in a vehicle. They are worth about £15 each."
One year, a total of £7,000 worth of chickens were stolen.
She continued: "As well as being a job for the family to look after the chickens, they love doing it. It is something to give back to the world. But each time they are stolen, it hurts them. We all feel miserable."
Both her children, Gerry Gaffney, 42, and Mark Waterman, 47, have disabilities. They look after the chickens, ensuring they are watered and mucked out.
The animal care helps Mark and Jerry, giving them a positive activity instead of sitting in all day. The care for the chickens is a goal for each day and they look forward to going out to look after them.
Les said tools from an outdoor tool chest have also been stolen. Trees laden with fruit have also been stripped and the produce taken.
She urged anyone with information to contact PC Rian Crombie, at Lincolnshire Police, on 101.