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UK: Tesco to sell live chickens

UK's largest retailer Tesco has started selling chickens, hens and chicken coops as it aims to bring a touch of The Good Life to its customers.

With consumers embracing self-sufficiency as a means of beating the credit crisis, Tesco has applied for planning permission to create 30 allotments on land next to its Southport store in Lancashire, reports the Daily Telegraph. If permission is granted, the allotments will be rented out from next spring.

Susan MacDonald, a Dobbies director, said: "While it's probably a step too far to think that consumers will be following the example of Tom and Barbara Good [the lead characters in the 1970s sitcom] and turn their back gardens in to farms, keeping chickens seems to be striking a chord with some of our customers."

Natalie Berkhout

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