SEBASTOPOL, Calif. (AP) — Less than two weeks before Easter, a Northern California farmer says someone stole more than 200 of his hens that lay eggs with shells in subtle shades of green, blue, rose and chocolate brown.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1E4SvOp) Gerald Leuschen is offering a $250 reward for information leading to his birds' return or prosecution of the chicken rustler.
Leuschen says a few weeks ago, he found a coop unlatched and some of his brood missing from Buddy's Farm outside Sebastopol.
He thinks whoever snatched the multicolored hens he calls "Easter eggers" must have had knowledge of chickens. The birds they stole were bred to lay pastel eggs.
Leuschen says he's losing money, and his family misses the hens.
He filed a report Tuesday with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, but officials say it's unclear whether they'll investigate.
Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com