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Man Accidentally Buys 1000 Hens For 75p

Man Accidentally Buys 1000 Hens For 75p

It's not often that you actually get more for your money than you originally expected - but one guy got an absolute BARGAIN when he put a bid on because he wanted to save a hen's life, and ended up with 1000 of them.

Firstly - a very noble act there. But Steve Morrow, from New Zealand, can now restore your faith in humanity, as he's pledged to make sure all the hens find homes, after the free-range farm they live on is being closed down.

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After seeing the 'urgent sale' on Trade Me, he thought he was bidding for only one bird. But when he won the auction on Sunday, he was told by the seller, Matthew Blomfield, that he had actually bought 1000 of them.

The ad explained that an egg farm in West Auckland, was closing down and all the hens needed to be removed by Monday.

The free range egg farm was closing down, so needed to remove all the hens urgently. Credit: Pixabay
The free range egg farm was closing down, so needed to remove all the hens urgently. Credit: Pixabay

"As a matter of urgency, we need to move approximately 1000 hens," it read.

Steve said it he thought it meant that the highest bidder can take as many birds as they want, thinking that the seller would then just carry on auctioning them off until they were all one.

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How wrong he was. He said he put an auto bid in for $20 (£9.92) - thinking he'd get at least two of the hens.

Speaking to New Zealand based news outlet Stuff, he said: "When the auction closed, I thought 'this is great', I could take as many birds as I wanted.

"But when I spoke to the man and he said it was for 1000 hens ... holy moly, I was stunned, I can tell you that."

Blomfield told Stuff he thought that seeing as the ad mentioned 1000 hens three times, that it was pretty clear, saying: "It's pretty bloody hard to get that wrong.

"We discussed the logistics behind it all, he said he's worked at freehold farms. But over the weekend I think it became apparent to him that 1000 hens is a bit too many birds and must have had a change of mind."

He even gave Steve credit for going through with the sale.

Around 700 of the hens have already found new homes thanks to Steve. Credit: Pexels
Around 700 of the hens have already found new homes thanks to Steve. Credit: Pexels

Blomfield said: "He didn't just make a mistake and not follow through. He contacted Animal Sanctuary and they're helping us interview those that have put their hands up - we want to make sure these birds are going to safe homes."

But Steve added that he wasn't going to let them down: "I wasn't going to let that happen. I was going to save 1000 lives, even if I had to drive up to Auckland and feed them myself while looking for homes for them."

After putting a post out on social media and contacting the animal charity, Steve has found at least 700 of the hens new homes, and has even said he's now going to take 20 of them in himself.

Steve - you are a complete hero.

Featured Image Credit: Pexels

Topics: Animals

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into the world of music. Quickly realising that you can't pay your bills with guestlist, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]

 

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