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(Daily Mail)   Hilda the hen sits on the wrong nest for almost a month and hatches a clutch of ducklings. Undeterred by her error Hilda proudly struts around showing off her babies   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 56
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2012-04-04 04:32:13 PM
This just in: chickens are retarded.
 
2012-04-04 04:33:39 PM
Are they changing her name to Angelina?
 
2012-04-04 04:34:43 PM
Growing up we raised chickens. I had 2 bantam hens that hatched quail, ducks, chickens and pheasants. All hens will do that.
 
2012-04-04 04:35:59 PM
CH- CH- CH- CHICKEN TRIFECTAAAAAAaaaaahhhhh..... *chokes on wishbone*
 
2012-04-04 04:36:10 PM
This is what happens when you allow the gays to marry.
 
2012-04-04 04:36:27 PM
Yeah but she killed the ducks' real mother. flucking clucker!
 
2012-04-04 04:38:55 PM
s.wsj.net

Did it first.
 
2012-04-04 04:39:42 PM
So adorable. Those bantams sure can get broody. I've always wanted some indian runner ducks. I once had a pair of muscovy ducks; Jean Luc Canard and Q. Sadly, a bobcat ate them both. Ah, memories.
 
2012-04-04 04:41:09 PM
She made a mistake and then proudly touts the consequences as if they are successes. Vote this chicken into office!
 
2012-04-04 04:46:32 PM

Arkanaut: This just in: chickens are retarded.


Truer words were never spoken.
 
2012-04-04 04:47:25 PM
I guess she has her ducks in a row.
 
2012-04-04 04:47:46 PM
"...Phillip, 45..."

Good thing TFA contained this relevant information.

Everybody knows that the hen would have been much less likley to adopt the ducklings if Phil the farmer had been 44 or, FSM forbid, 46.
 
2012-04-04 04:49:43 PM
Some please post that family pic with the black baby pwnage...
 
2012-04-04 04:51:36 PM

chookbillion: So adorable. Those bantams sure can get broody. I've always wanted some indian runner ducks. I once had a pair of muscovy ducks; Jean Luc Canard and Q. Sadly, a bobcat ate them both. Ah, memories.


The homeless tell me that muscovy duck is pretty stringy. Some of them told me they eat them raw when they can't build a fire too. You sure it was a bobcat?
 
2012-04-04 04:53:39 PM

Arkanaut: This just in: chickens are retarded.


Thanks for that update, Ric. Now the weather.
 
2012-04-04 04:58:22 PM
Does this mean these ducklings will try to mate with chickens when they grow up, or do they figure out they were adopted before adulthood?
 
2012-04-04 05:01:33 PM
Damn, now I want Peking Duck.
 
2012-04-04 05:03:20 PM
Better than snake eggs... don't need a bunch of basilisks running around.
 
2012-04-04 05:05:09 PM
"Chick'n Lick'n is lick'n chicken"

'alright, wise guy'

-- not obscure for Charles Bronson fans
 
2012-04-04 05:06:23 PM
Cockatrices, rather. No such thing as basilisks.
 
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2012-04-04 05:06:57 PM
better than sitting on a clutch of alligator eggs. OUCH
 
2012-04-04 05:07:04 PM
Unimpressed (new window).

inlinethumb03.webshots.com
 
2012-04-04 05:08:04 PM
That's just ducky.
 
2012-04-04 05:13:19 PM
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2012-04-04 05:18:31 PM

Chinchillazilla: Does this mean these ducklings will try to mate with chickens when they grow up, or do they figure out they were adopted before adulthood?


I wanna know this, too.
 
2012-04-04 05:23:35 PM
Hilda: Oh honey! I must have sat on the wrong nest!

Rooster: And you think I'm that stupid?
 
2012-04-04 05:26:04 PM
This just in: Dumb animals are dumb.
 
2012-04-04 05:27:12 PM
This is Obama's typical liberal socialism at its worst.
 
2012-04-04 05:33:37 PM
Being in Britain, Social Services will have to get involved, since the chicken is obviously unqualified to teach the ducklings to swim...
 
2012-04-04 05:43:19 PM
Just add some bacon and that's one tasty meal.
 
2012-04-04 05:43:31 PM

joonyer: CH- CH- CH- CHICKEN TRIFECTAAAAAAaaaaahhhhh..... *chokes on wishbone*


That's funny. Usually it's the chicken getting the choking.
 
2012-04-04 06:00:38 PM
i.dailymail.co.uk

it's your birthday, and it's time you knew. You're not our natural-born children.
 
2012-04-04 06:11:56 PM
D'aww! I love seeing runner ducks! And proud mothers, even if they are chickens. Wonder what will happen when the ducklings outgrow their mom, though. It won't take long, from the looks of things.
 
2012-04-04 06:21:19 PM
Meanwhile, the ducklings real father was busy raising a panda.
 
2012-04-04 06:41:32 PM
Chickens dumber than sawdust.
 
2012-04-04 06:42:34 PM

KrispyKritter: "Chick'n Lick'n is lick'n chicken"
'alright, wise guy'
-- not obscure for Charles Bronson fans


That was on just last week-end, featuring a pre-coked-out Jan Michael Vincent. Oddly, Vincent's character is quite wealthy (especially after Bronson kills his gangster father (Sterling Hayden)), yet he keeps wearing the same ugly shirt and jeans with the California STARC SSI sewn on the right thigh.
 
2012-04-04 07:23:17 PM
speaking of ducks and home invasion... How lusty British ducks are being culled at a cost of £2,000 each to please the Spanish (new window). with reference to the North American tree rat.
 
2012-04-04 07:42:29 PM

sharkbeagle: Chickens dumber than sawdust.


True, but turkeys are even dumber.
 
2012-04-04 07:58:48 PM

sharkbeagle: Chickens dumber than sawdust.


Grammer say huh?
 
2012-04-04 08:02:03 PM

mbillips: Unimpressed (new window).

[inlinethumb03.webshots.com image 425x305]


Oh, my. That brunette makes me feel ducky, indeed!
 
2012-04-04 08:07:33 PM
Can you cross breed ducks and chickens? Or for that matter, chickens and turkeys?

Serious question.
 
2012-04-04 08:11:19 PM

oukewldave: This just in: Dumb animals are dumb.


...but make good livestock. The last thing you want is chickens to get organized.
 
2012-04-04 09:05:09 PM

zato_ichi: Can you cross breed ducks and chickens? Or for that matter, chickens and turkeys?

Serious question.


Probably not. I've been Googling, and there is some evidence that chicken/turkey hybridization is at least possible. (Hybrid Fowl (new window). It's not something that would happen readily in any barnyard, though.

And don't let the Turkens fool you. They are 100% ugly-ass chicken.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-04-04 09:06:57 PM

zato_ichi: Can you cross breed ducks and chickens? Or for that matter, chickens and turkeys?

Serious question.


You're mad!
 
2012-04-04 09:13:37 PM
Ducks imprint on the first large, moving thing they see. Konrad Lorenz provided one of the most famous examples with baby geese:
www.geekosystem.com
But they'll imprint anything if exposed in the right time period.
 
2012-04-04 09:36:11 PM
A chicken, a duck, and a pheasant walk into a bar....

/that's all I got.
//had to come up with something since it's relevant to my interests, yada, yada, yada
 
2012-04-04 09:36:24 PM

PeregrineBF: Ducks imprint on the first large, moving thing they see. Konrad Lorenz provided one of the most famous examples with baby geese:
[www.geekosystem.com image 550x359]
But they'll imprint anything if exposed in the right time period.


lobo.sbc.edu

Or sometimes not.
 
2012-04-04 09:42:29 PM
Indian runners are the freakiest looking ducks.
 
2012-04-04 10:18:29 PM

Canton: Probably not. I've been Googling, and there is some evidence that chicken/turkey hybridization is at least possible. (Hybrid Fowl (new window). It's not something that would happen readily in any barnyard, though.


It was a sort of bored at work type question, and I'm not a biology kind of guy.

I mean, they did a tiger/lion, and an orca/dolphin, they've done wolf/domesticated dog...what is so different between ducks and chicken that they cannot be bred?

But, I think a turkey sized duck breast would be about the greatest thing in the world.
 
2012-04-04 11:07:29 PM

zato_ichi: Canton: Probably not. I've been Googling, and there is some evidence that chicken/turkey hybridization is at least possible. (Hybrid Fowl (new window). It's not something that would happen readily in any barnyard, though.

It was a sort of bored at work type question, and I'm not a biology kind of guy.

I mean, they did a tiger/lion, and an orca/dolphin, they've done wolf/domesticated dog...what is so different between ducks and chicken that they cannot be bred?

But, I think a turkey sized duck breast would be about the greatest thing in the world.


I'm not a biologist either, but I guess it would depend on how many chromosomes the potential parent species have. Lions and tigers have the same number of chromosomes, which would make hybridization either. (They are also of the same genus.) The Wholphin (new window)... Yeah, not sure. The chromosomes are probably close enough, too.

The wolf/dog hybrid is easy. They're closely related. As in, the domestic dog is genetically a subspecies of the gray wolf. (new window) Seriously, the dog is Canis lupus familiaris, and the gray wolf is Canis lupus.

The mallard duck and the wild turkey (for example) are in different genera, and maybe their chromosomes are just too far off to connect. So are turkeys and chickens, but they at least seem more closely related. Hm...
 
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