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Buyers offered 'turkey cam' deal
Turkey (generic)
Webcams watch turkeys growing and customers can buy by phone
A farmer has set up cameras to allow people to keep tabs on the turkeys they have bought for their festive meal.

Kelly Turkeys, from Danbury in Essex, and a mobile company have fixed a link that allows people with screen phones to dial in and see their birds.

Owner Paul Kelly put 25 turkeys from a flock of 800 into a special paddock.

Each is named and has an identity bib so they can be picked out. "It started out as a bit of fun but the message is to show a farm at work," he said.

People can buy the turkeys for Christmas for about 30 but can also "pardon" them and they will go to a sanctuary for safe keeping to live a natural life.

Mr Kelly said: "Each of the birds is named after a celebrity or someone in the news. We have already sold Gordon Brown and Tony Blair but no-one seems to be interested in Wayne Rooney.

"We are proud of our flocks and this seemed a good way to let people see what we do.

"System Three Mobile had the right technology to create the link and although this is only a trial run we see no reason suppose it can't get bigger.

"It shows what farming is all about. Yes, we kill, pluck and prepare the birds, that's our job. But we show they are not kept in cruel conditions."

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