Chickens have made their home at the cemetery at the Haworth Parish Church
About 30 hens and cockerels have made their home at St Michael and All Angels Church in Haworth, West Yorkshire.
The Rev. Patrick Bronte presided over the parish from 1820 to 1861 and lived with his family, including his famous literary daughters Charlotte, Emily and Anne in the parsonage, now a museum, next door.
Despite efforts by parishioners, the birds have evaded capture, leaving droppings over the grounds and even entering the church during weddings.
The parsonage has now been turned into a museum
Charlotte Bronte's writing desk on display at the Bronte parsonage museum
The Rev. Julie Roberts said: “They have taken over the churchyard. They are quite unruly and a nuisance, leaving droppings everywhere.
We want them to be re-homed. We don’t want them to be mistreated but we can’t find anyone to take them away
Rev. Julie Roberts
“During weddings they are coming in the open doors and getting in the way of photographs.”
She added: “We want them to be re-homed.
"We don’t want them to be mistreated but we can’t find anyone to take them away.
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The Rev. Julie Roberts said that they want the chickens to be re-homed
“They are beautiful pedigree chickens but because we have hens and cockerels they have started to breed.”
Church officials believe a farmer or allotment holder may have set them loose because they could not comply with bird flu regulations.
A poultry rescue charity was approached but said they only took battery hens.
The Environment Agency and Bradford Council suggested the church advertise for someone to re-home the chickens.