Poultry return to Ditchingham chicken roundabout

One of the chickens on Ditchingham roundabout before they were removed two years ago.

One of the chickens on Ditchingham roundabout before they were removed two years ago. - Credit: Archant © 2009

Chickens have returned to a roundabout in Ditchingham for the first time in more than two years.

A cockerel and five hens mysteriously appeared on the famous chicken roundabout some time between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

At one point hundreds of chickens are thought to have lived at the junction near Bungay, with even a board game made in their honour.

But the last of the brood disappeared from the roundabout about two years ago.

Richard Jenkin launched a campaign group last year to have chicken statues put up at the site in memory of the popular poultry.

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He said: 'I am so please that chicken roundabout is chicken roundabout again. Everybody is pleased to see them back.

'They just turned up on the roundabout out of the blue. Nobody knows where they have come from.'

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He added that he didn't know if someone was feeding the birds or whether they were street wise enough to avoid the traffic.

Mr Jenkin announced the news to the Facebook group Bungay UK Support Chicken Roundabout yesterday and within an hour had received supportive comments.

It is thought that chickens lived at the roundabout near Ditchingham Maltings for more than 50 years, with Gordon Knowles, of Bungay, feeding them for 21 years.

They became a major talking point with the junction still known by many as 'chicken roundabout', although there was a mixture of opinions in the area as to whether their presence was good or bad.

Two years ago the remaining ones were taken away by animal charities, when Mr Knowles, who became known as 'chicken man', gave up trying to look after them.

It is thought there were more than 300 in their peak, but when he gave up there were just seven remaining, with many of them taken or injured.

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