Pupils at a Scarborough primary school were left heartbroken this week after thieves broke into their chicken coup and stole two hens.
The theft was discovered on Saturday morning when a member of staff from St Peter’s RC Primary School went to care for the birds.
Children at the school used to enjoy looking after the four rescued battery hens and the two remaining chickens are now being kept at a secret location while security is assessed.
Teacher Sarah Agar said they had been at the North Leas Avenue school since last October and were very popular with the pupils.
She said: “On Saturdaymorning a member of staff came to feed them and give them fresh water. But she found there was only two of them.
“We’ve had a look around for them but there is no sign of them.”
Ryder Greening, 5, said he was sad when the hens went missing because he liked them.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “This is a really upsetting incident for everybody connected with the school.
“They were loved by the children and and a big part of the school. We are appealing for any information that could help reunite the missing hens with the children.”
Anyone with any information about the incidentshould contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for Scarborough Police.