Last summer while we were renting the farm house, we raised a number of chicks. Sadie adored them and often I would find her in their run feeding and chatting away to them.
When we bought our own home and moved into the village we had to rehouse them all. Some of them went to Ian's brother who owns some land just a short drive away, which was nice because Sadie could still visit them.
We got a nice surprise when Uncle Neil presented Sadie with a small egg. One of her little chicks had laid it's first egg. It was small but perfect. Sadie decided she was going to mother it and hatch it herself. It got given a name, 'Chicky Chicky Alfie'. Chicky Chicky Alfie was tucked up in bed, pushed around in the pram and he even got stories read to him!
Needless to say the this story doesn't have a happy ending.....