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The remarkable photograph of two chickens nesting on top of four newborn puppies was sent to the Limerick Leader by John Franklin from Ballyneety, Pallasgreen.

John says their Springer Spaniel called Sally had four pups around the same time that they bought 30 broilers.

After they were born whenever Sally used to leave them for a little while two hens would come in and lie down with the pups.

[Said John]: “It was almost like they were babysitting them – taking over from Sally to give her a break. The pups, they were only a few days old at the stage, would snuggle into the broilers.”



Blended family, dude.

Feather-brained chickens babysit puppies (Donal O’Regan, Limerick leader)
Thanks Niall O’M

She really could use some sleep.

How She Does It: the pups are organised into a three-group feed rotation. Every four hours one group feeds with their mother, while the two other groups are bottle-fed. To prevent anyone getting seconds, each puppy has an individual number.

Guess what we’re going as this Halloween?