Air force compensates farmer for hen massacre

Air force compensates farmer for hen massacre
The Swedish armed forces has agreed to compensate a poultry farmer in northern Sweden after an air force exercise caused the death of 31 chickens.

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.

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.

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