Hen Plays the Identity Theft Game
March 5 | Hmmm...No Comments Yet
I start today with that intro because I love chickens, especially boiled. Nothing is better than sucking on the pimply rubber skin of a boiled chicken carcass. The dish is my mother’s specialty. Well, if you take the microwave away from her, and the telephone, that is.
My father? Not a fan. That’s why I get twice the helpings when she makes it. If he’d just do me a favor and keep the overcooked spinach to himself, it would be a perfect date night meal.
But I digress from today’s highlighted story. It’s about a hen, some pups and love. The Telegraph has all the details.
The one-year-old, called Mabel, took a shine to the pups at a farm in Shrewsbury and now keeps them warm by roosting on top of them in their dog basket.
Her owners – Edward and Ros Tate – said she waited until the puppies’ mother – Nettle – left them before hopping into the basket to keep them warm.
Nettle is now left out in the cold – pining for her puppies in the yard as they nest with their adopted mother.
Mr Tate, 43, of The Isle at Bicton Heath, Shropshire, said: “Mabel was hatched here about a year ago. She would have gone onto someone’s dinner plate but we saved her and brought her into the house.
“Unfortunately, she got into an accident with a horse, which accidentally trod on her foot. Because of that, she gets terribly cold during the winter so we decided to bring her into the house.”
“And then we had puppies about three weeks ago. Mabel observed Nettles behaviour and, as soon as there was a chance, she hopped into the dog basket to roost on the pups. She keeps them and herself warm, while Nettle is outside on the yard.
“It was within a week Mabel was jumping in the box with them and brooding over them. She took to them like they were her own chicks.
“Nettle was a bit startled to say the least – but she didn’t mind too much eventually. She’s happy to have a helping pair of wings.
“We were amazed when we first it happen – my 13-year-old daughter first saw it happen and called us to come and have a look. And when we saw Mabel here roosting on the pups – we just laughed.
“We’re hoping that soon Mabel will have her own chicks to look after but I don’t think Nettle will be returning the favour when that happens.”
I wonder, when these pups grow up, will they eat chicken?