Hen becomes adoptive mother of paddling of ducklings

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/06/14
By: Lu Jun-kang and Ted Chen

Taipei, June 14 (CNA) The unlikely sight of a hen minding a paddling of ducklings is now a 201506140020t0001regular fixture at a recreational farm in Hsinchu County’s Zhudong Township.

According its proprietor Lin Jien-cheng (林建成), the peculiar development is due to the arrangement of the farm, which places the hatcheries for chickens and ducks within close proximity.

Consequently, ducks and hens often return to the wrong hatchery from foraging and proceed to sit on the clutches of eggs indiscriminately.

Five days ago, as 12 ducklings broke through their egg shells and opened their eyes, one of the very first things they saw was a black-feathered hen, said Lin.     [FULL  STORY]

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