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Rooster Sunglasses Drive Chicks Wild

Even chickens like to keep a-breast of the latest trends.

So when farmers in Chengdu, south west China, issued their cockerels with these John Lennon-style sunglasses, they couldn't wait to drive the chicks wild with their new look.

But although looking cool, the experimental glasses have a practical use beyond sending the cockrels cock-a-hoop.

They were really designed to help avoid fights breaking out between rival roosters at the free range farm, explained farm owners.

"Because they are allowed to roam around during the day in the open space, itís inevitable the cocks will start picking fights with each other, so we decided to make them all wear glasses," said breeder Jiang Hau.

"Our cocks are very aggressive by nature. They always fight with each other and cause bleeding and injuries.

"But giving them these plastic glasses to wear means they canít see each other so clearly so they are much quieter and much more peaceful," he added.

Now other farmers in the region are looking to see how the glasses work out and, if they are a success, say they will give all their cocks the new look too.

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