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Roosters in China given rose-coloured ‘glasses’ to stop fighting breaking out

Blinkers fitted to stop brawling among poultry at farm in Liaoning province

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 October, 2016, 12:27pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 October, 2016, 12:27pm

About 400 roosters have been fitted with blinkers at a farm in northeast China to stop them fighting and killing each other, according to a news website report.

The step has been taken at an orchard in Helong village in Liaoning province, 163.com reported.

Neighbours joked that the roosters appeared “cultivated” and intelligent as they look like they are wearing glasses.

The owner of the farm, Li Deyang, hopes the blinkers will curb aggression and cut the number of animals killed in fights by restricting the birds’ vision.

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The blinkers were bought on an e-commerce website in various sizes so each rooster can have different pairs as they grow, the report said.

People have driven from nearby villages to get a sight of the blinkered poultry, according to the article.

The farmer said there was no need to put blinkers on hens as they seldom fought with each other.