Thieves steal 26 prized ducks
Award-winning bird breeder’s fury as raiders target his ‘pride and joy’
An award-winning bird breeder has hit out after 26 prized ducks were stolen from his home.
The unusual theft happened at the Kilrea home of Trevor Smyth who has bred the animals for over 40 years.
Mr Smyth breeds ducks to sell at bird shows across Northern Ireland and has won numerous accolades in the past.
The ducks had a total value of up to £1,000, according to Mr Smyth, but he said he is more upset at the loss of what he described as his “pride and joy”.
He said he may now have to spend several hundred pounds erecting fencing and security cameras at his home to safeguard his remaining ducks. Mr Smyth — who also keeps cattle and sheep — was at a livestock market in his home town when the thieves struck.
“My son and I have a keen interest in ducks,” the 56-year-old told the Belfast Telegraph.
“I’ve always loved being involved in the birds and the shows, getting out and mixing with others.
“It’s not just the money, the ducks help me relax and looking after them is my hobby.
“We started to prepare for a bird sale we were going to recently when we realised a lot of the ducks were missing.”
Mr Smyth says he suspects the theft was carried out by someone in the local area.
The 26 ducks consisted of four different breeds — Silvercall, Saxony, Khaki, and Silver Appleyard Miniature.
The theft occurred on Friday October 12 but details only emerged on Tuesday.
Mr Smyth added: “It’s very disappointing to think there are people out there who would come round the back of your house and do these things on you and probably know you as well.”
Police have asked anyone with information regarding the incident or who saw anything suspicious in the area around the time of the theft to contact them at Garvagh Police Station.