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Hen hatches ducklings after sitting on wrong

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Hilda the hen has hatched a clutch of ducklings after accidentally sitting on the wrong nest of eggs.

The broody Bantam hen nested over the five eggs for a month apparently unaware that they had been laid by a duck.

Farm owner Philip Palmer was also none the wiser as Hilda barely left the duck eggs alone until they hatched after 28 days.

And even when tiny Indian runner ducklings emerged instead of fluffy yellow chicks, Hilda wasn't put off and adopted the babies as her own.

It would seem that the only time Hilda will realise the difference is when her brood waddle down to the pond and float - something chickens just can't do.

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This should be used to explain adoption to kids .

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"Hmmm, they look like ducks, they quack like ducks, and they walk like ducks". "But I'm a chicken, WTH!?!"

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Ducklings: "Hey Mom, can we go swimming, can we? can we? can we?"

Mother Chicken: *Where have I gone wrong? My children are totally weird!*

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Is it my imagination or does poor Hilda look utterly confused by the whole experience?:blink:

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Ducklings: "Hey Mom, can we go swimming, can we? can we? can we?"

Mother Chicken: *Where have I gone wrong? My children are totally weird!*

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