Are you clucking mad?

A New Zealand man accidentally bought 1,000 hens for $1.50 (about €0.87) in an online auction after seeing an “urgent sale” on the website, Trade Me.

Steve Morrow thought he was only buying one bird and wanted to rescue a hen in need of a home. However, when the bidding closed at 11am on Sunday, he was told by the seller that he’d actually bought 1,000 hens.

The seller was closing down a free-range egg farm in Auckland and needed to be fully empty by Monday.

Speaking to Stuff    Steve 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.”

Morrow continued to say that the advert, which was posted by Matthew Blomfield, was “confusing” and that he had read it at least three times.

Blomfield denied this and said initial conversations with Morrow indicated that he was happy with the purchase.

“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 1,000 hens is a bit too many birds and must have had a change of mind.”

 It did have a happy ending for the homeless hens though as a social media post trying to rehome them has lead to over 700 of them finding new homes.