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    This Great Dane plays mother hen to brood of chicks

    Pup relishes a shot at parenthood

    Postmedia News April 26, 2011



    A British Columbia dog has become a mother hen after adopting a flock of 30 chicks.

    Sue Paull, owner of Eco Turf Farms in Kelowna, said that when the weather forced her to incubate 30 chicks inside, the family's 16-month-old Great Dane kept watch over the eggs and began licking the hatchlings.

    Now, fully bonded with the baby chicks, Marmaduke oversees their activities, keeps a close eye on anyone who dares take a chick out, and even sleeps next to them.

    "When the chicks were hatching, there was a window in front of the incubator. He watched them all hatch and he was so curious," Paull said.

    "When we put them in the box, he just took one out and started cleaning them," said Paull, who has been laughing at her dog's doting since the chicks hatched last week.

    "Every time you go near the box, he has to be there. He's just very curious and makes sure they go back in the box," Paull said.

    Marmaduke had seen full-grown chickens before and never batted an eye, but turned maternal when he saw the little babies.

    He's also fond of a baby goat and has been babysitting the little kid since it was born eight months ago.

    Paull says because the 54-kilogram pup is a purebred with health issues, they won't breed him, so this is his one shot at parenthood.

    "He's not going to have any puppies," Paull said.

    For now, he's got a flock of chicks, until the weather clears and Paull and her three children put them out in the coop.

    "We were debating on doing that today," Paull said, "but he will probably be heartbroken."

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