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07/05/13: Power firm steps in to help hundreds of baby chicks in North Yorkshire

Engineers from power operator Electricity North West helped more than 700 baby chicks stay safe and warm during a planned electricity outage.Steve Bradley, Electricity North West's West's customer liaison engineer with the two-week-old chicks

The company, which owns and maintains the regional power network, provided a generator to Westhouse Nursery near Ingleton to ensure their two-week-old chicks were kept comfortable throughout the day.

The planned shutdown took place on Wednesday (1st May) to allow engineers to carry out vital maintenance work on the overhead power lines to ensure local residents continue to receive a reliable and efficient supply of electricity.

Martin Deehan, area manager for Electricity North West, said: “Planned shutdowns are vital to help us safely maintain the electricity network across the region and to also reduce the risk of unplanned power cuts.

“We are delighted to be able to provide a generator to Westhouse Nursery to help support their business by keeping the chicks safe as this work was being carried out.

“Although we are unable to provide a generator to every customer during a planned outage we ensure our vulnerable customers are given priority. We also notify all affected residents and businesses in the area informing them of the planned work.”

Westhouse Nursery, which is one of the country’s largest specialist poultry breeders, provides more than 30 different breeds of hens and cockerels, including rare breeds, to farmers and domestic poultry keepers.

Chris Cook, owner of Westhouse Nursery, said: “We currently have around 800 chicks on site and its imperative they are kept at a certain temperature at all times through the use of incubators for the eggs and electric hens.

“We are aware that planned shutdowns have to take place to allow for maintenance work to be carried out, but it was vital for us that we could carry on working as usual.

“Without the generator we might have lost our chicks which would have had a staggering effect on our business so we are very grateful to Electricity North West.”

For more information about Westhouse Nursery please visit their website at

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