Jeremy Clarkson gives update on Diddly Squat Farm Shop
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Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, 61, took to Twitter to share some sad news about his Diddly Squat Farm this evening. The star was inundated with support from fans after he shared that a fox had unfortunately caused a great deal of havoc amongst his livestock.
Jeremy told his 7.3 million followers that the animal had killed 34 of his chickens.
The television personality cares for the hens, whose eggs he sells at his Diddly Squat Farm Shop, alongside cows and sheep.
The Grand Tour host, who keeps busy working on his farm in Chadlington, Oxfordshire alongside his TV career, penned: “A fox has just killed 34 of my hens.”
Fans quickly rushed to the comments section of his post to offer their sympathies over the situation.
One person wrote: “Foxes are total nasty b******s. I remember having to collect up 20 chickens that had been killed by a fox a few years ago.”
Another added: “Really sorry to hear that. It’s peak time of year for this to happen as they’re out finding food for their recently born cubs. Hope you’ve got some chickens left..”
A third fan commented: “oh for fox sake! sorry to hear that.”
A fourth person said: “I feel you pain. We had a fox attack during the day, wiped out all of our young hens and left an older hen in a very bad state. We lost 30 on that day! I Had to keep the children away while I cleaned up chicken parts!”
A fifth penned: “Sorry for your loss thats terrible. B****y pains they are when it comes to chickens.”(sic)
A sixth commented: “Mr. Clarkson, I’m sorry to read this. I’ve experienced similar. I’ve kept poultry for years, and foxes are right pests. They’re smart, persistent and lethal. They’ll kill every hen given the chance; it is heart-breaking to find your flock mangled.”
A seventh Twitter user said: “I know the feeling. I feel sorry for you. I know it feels awful. I hope it didn’t take every hen. We have lots of badgers over here, and they kill some of our hens too now and then. I hate it when that happens…”
It comes after the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host admitted that his farm had recently been hit with a series of accidents, including one of his co-workers falling from a ladder.
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The incidents made him worry about embarking on work on the automatic door on his new barn after it broke.
Jeremy explained in his latest column for The Sunday Times: “Only recently a chap who works for me was up a wooden stepladder painting a beam when the top rung snapped.
“This caused him to fall, with one leg on one side of the ladder and one on the other.
“As both his hands were full of painting stuff, he couldn’t brace himself, which meant he broke the next rung down with his testicles, and then the next and then the next until eventually he was at floor level. Incredibly he didn’t spill any paint.
“I can still hear the shrill, keening noise he made, though, so there’s no way I was going to try to unjam my barn door while perched on a long wooden killing machine. Especially when I have a JCB telehandler.”
Jeremy went on to share his fears about “toppling over” and falling underneath his tractor after experiencing a close call last year.
The presenter said: “Another issue in farming is being crushed.
“I don’t even want to think about that, but soon I shall have to because it’s that time of year when I have to cultivate my game covers. And one is located on a precipitous slope.
“Last year I was almost sitting on the side window of my tractor as I went along and I was acutely aware that at any moment it could topple over and that I’d end up underneath it, being pushed into the ground like a tent peg. I’m told this is the most painful way to die.”
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