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Hundreds of UK Kentucky Fried Chickens run out of, well, chicken

A customer hold a piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken outside a KFC restaurant, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Mountain View, Calif. Yum Brands Inc., which owns Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, reports second-quarter results after the close of regular trading. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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A customer held up a piece of KFC chicken in 2010.

LONDON — Chicken is still as scarce as hen’s teeth at KFC’s British outlets.

KFC says about 470 of the fried chicken chain’s 900 UK restaurants remained closed Tuesday because of a chicken shortage. The company says the disruption started last week, when it changed its delivery provider to DHL.

Open branches are operating on shortened hours or with limited menus.

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The fried chicken chain first apologized for the problems on Saturday. It said it expects problems to continue throughout the week.

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The company declined to offer details about what it is doing to address the inadequate chicken supplies.

KFC said: ‘‘We anticipate the number of closures will reduce today and over the coming days as our teams work flat-out all hours to clear the backlog.’’