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Hen Hatches Ducklings

Hilda is a hen who lives at Farmer Palmer’s children’s activity farm near Poole, Dorset, England. She apparently sat on the wrong nest of eggs and stayed there, keeping them warm, until they hatched. Surprise! The eggs were full of ducklings! Farmer Philip Palmer was unaware until then that the eggs had been laid by a duck.

‘Hilda doesn’t seem bothered at all – the ducklings follow her around just as chicks would.

‘Our ducks and chickens live together so a duck must have laid her eggs and that caused the mix-up.

‘When I saw Hilda sitting on some eggs, I thought they were hers or another chicken’s and, as she barely moved, I had no idea they were duck eggs.

‘She was quite happy to sit there and nest them for the next 28 days and when they hatched I was shocked – instead of chicks, we had ducklings!

‘It was so surprising but lovely and she has proved to be very capable at raising them.

‘The ducklings aren’t aware that their mother is a hen and Hilda is totally unaware that she’s actually got a bunch of ducks waddling behind her.

‘The ducklings don’t leave her side and if they get scared they run for cover under their “mum”.

They may notice some day that their mother doesn’t want to swim with them. Link -via Fark

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April 4th, 2012

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Stranger to the World

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