Robin and hen the best of friends as they spend cosy nights together
NewsThursday 11 July 2013
A young robin has befriended a chicken in Lincolnshire and the pair have been spanding cosy nights together in a hen house.
Kim Wooldridge, from Bourne, said that the bird started sneaking into the hen house from Saturday, only to hop out every morning.
When speaking to the BBC, Mrs Wooldridge said that she was concerned that the juvenile bird had been made an orphan.
The RSPB, however, said that it was more likely that the fledgling bird, which can be flightless initially, was looking for some shelter to protect itself from predators.
When asked about the robin Mrs Wooldridge said: "We heard a noise and wondered what was going on in there [the hen house].
"We looked in to see a baby robin in the corner. We think it was feeding himself from the chicken's food.
"It is very sweet as she hops down the ramp after the hen. They're obviously friends."
Richard James, a wildlife advisor for the RSPB, told the BBC: "Robins leave the nest to exercise their wings but you often see them scurrying on the ground close to cover.
"They'll hide under plant pots and hedges, usually."
Mr James said the bird's parents would not be far away during the day and will feed the youngster until it can support itself.
Mrs Wooldridge said the robin did not appear on Wednesday morning.
"He's probably strong enough now to fly and has moved on," said Mr James.