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Hens are happy little campers after adopting ducklings




Two chickens are proving themselves to be adept mothers after adopting two tiny ducklings as their new offspring.

Jessica Eves, manager of Swattesfield Campsite in Thornham Magna, has been watching the new family bond after the ducklings hatched last week.

She said: “For four years, we have rescued and adopted old, laying chickens from the area.

Jessica Eves with the two ducklings and their adopted parents at Swattesfield Campsite.Picture: Mark Bullimore
Jessica Eves with the two ducklings and their adopted parents at Swattesfield Campsite.Picture: Mark Bullimore

“In March, we took on these chickens from friends and, since then, they have been very broody.”

So, after buying duck eggs from Diss, Jessica, together with her brother, Harry, and his girlfriend, Rachel, tried to see if the pair would lay on them.

On Friday, the two ducklings were born and Ms Eves said the hens could not be happier.

She said: “They are doing a really good job as dual mothers.

“It is interesting how the ducks naturally want to bathe in the drinking water, which they have not learned from the chickens.

“We just hope that, if we can open on July 4, more people will be able to enjoy them, too.”

Ms Eves has set up an online competition to name the pair on the campsite's Facebook page, with a chance to win a stay in one of the site’s glamping tents.


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