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Air force compensates farmer for hen massacre

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 8 Jun 2009, 10:35

Published: 08 Jun 2009 10:35 GMT+02:00

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The Norrbotten wing of the Swedish air force has agreed to pay Bohmans Hönseri AB the sum of 6,100 kronor ($775) to compensate for the loss of the hens.

The hens were crushed to death in a panicked mêlée when the JAS Gripen fighter aircraft flew at an altitude of 50-100 metres above their coop at the farm in Jörn near Skellefteå in the far north of Sweden.

Farmer Åsa Karlsson, in her complaint to the armed forces, confirmed that the hens were scared out of their wits by the roar of the low flying fighter jets overhead. The brood ran towards a wall of their enclosure and 31 birds fell victim in the surge.

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The sum was agreed between the parties based on a calculation that the hens had a further seven weeks to live and would have been expected to produce a harvest of 14 eggs per week.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:51 June 8, 2009 by naseerf
These were the hens, imagine when these jets will kill the innocent people. Where the world is going?
16:04 June 8, 2009 by justanotherexpat
She originally asked for half a million. The air force told her to cluck off.....
17:36 June 8, 2009 by Bra_billie_boy
Half a million!!! She must have gone cuckoo...
17:45 June 8, 2009 by Miss Kitten
Indeed, what a bird brain!
18:49 June 8, 2009 by eZee.se
Why did the chicken cross the street?

Because it had a Jas Gripen fighter on its ass!
19:35 June 8, 2009 by Ali Hussein
swedes are worried about geese that are plucked alive and ckicken that are scared by low flying jets but not equally moved by the plight thousands of asylum seekers

who live in sweden no better than chicken in a roost , what a weird nation !!!
20:47 June 8, 2009 by Mzungu
In this instance likely it would be more suitable to endeavour to seek asylum in an environment more conducive to your way of life and appreciation, where peoples understand your plight?

*just a thought*
08:19 June 9, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
If only she had a web cam on the coop. It could have gone viral on youtube
09:03 June 9, 2009 by Jasoncarter
I don't think that's ever going to be a problem. Someone has to actually buy the things first.
11:03 June 9, 2009 by Benzed
Well played.

Why should Sweden be obliged to mop up the of other nations any more than they currently do? Chicken provide delicious produce ...aaaaand I better leave it there.

Reporting this story seems like an attempt to take the piss out of our adopted homeland anyway.
10:57 June 10, 2009 by Muad'Dib
Poor hens...! It is outrageous that the airplanes are allowed to fly at such low altitudes.
17:12 June 10, 2009 by kenny8076
well atleast we know their air force is getting some actual fly times in and "killing" SOMETHING!!! wahaha Poor Hens? omg i wonder how many insects those planes killed too? poor butterflies!!!! quit being a drama queen
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