Darren Steele with his chicken shed hoist
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Chicks away: flying coop out-foxes intruders

A Lancashire man could become the "saviour of hen kind" after designing a hoist to raise his chicken shed off the ground and out of reach of foxes.

Darren Steele from Lathom is a software developer whose pet hens were becoming a victim of night-time fox raids.

In a bid to out-fox the animals he built a computer-controlled hoist that raises his chicken shed about 8ft (2.5m) off the ground at sunset and lowers it back at sunrise.

"It took months and months to build and cost a lot more than the chickens... but it's been worth it," he said.