The baby chicken that was hatched by seagulls

Syd Blackmore with the chicken hatched by seagulls in their nest in Bath Street

Syd Blackmore with the chicken hatched by seagulls in their nest in Bath Street

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CAW blimey – this little chicken has a lot to crow about.

Little Foghorn Leghorn doesn’t know whether to opt for a life on the ocean wave or roost on the rooftops after being hatched by seagulls.

The chick entered the world thanks to Weymouth roofer and blacksmith Syd Blackmore and a surrogate pair of gulls.

Mr Blackmore, who was carrying out roof repairs on Bath Street, decided to act when a group of magpies destroyed the eggs of seagulls nesting on his scaffolding three weeks ago.

He felt so sorry for the birds following the incident that he placed three chicken eggs into their nests.

Mr Blackmore said: “I bought the eggs the night before the magpie attack and had put them in my yard on King Street.

“We’d been working along Bath Street for nine to ten months so the seagulls that had nested on the scaffolding had become used to us. When the magpies attacked I felt so sorry for them that I had the idea to replace the eggs. I didn’t expect them to hatch but just thought it was better that they sat on something than nothing.

“I don’t know what made me think of it but the gulls continued to sit on the chicken eggs.

“Two of the eggs didn’t hatch but one did. It was a real shock.”

He added: “I quickly took the chick away because they eat different foods and I didn’t know how the seagulls would react.”

Little Foghorn is now living a happy life at Mr Blackmore’s reclamation yard on King Street and is set to be joined by two other chickens.

Mr Blackmore added: “The seagulls didn’t seem to mind when I moved the chick because they are used to me. I’ve been pecked on the head a few times in the past but that’s about it.”

He added: “I’m hoping to get some others to keep Foghorn company at the yard.”

The repair work along Bath Street was completed around three weeks ago and took around ten months to complete.

Three-week-old Foghorn is already proving to be a popular feature at the working reclamation yard, with many workers getting a glimpse of their new fluffy friend.

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9:29am Thu 26 Jun 14

connie68 says...

Great so they lose there babies not only the once but twice!! I believe nature should take it's course!!
Great so they lose there babies not only the once but twice!! I believe nature should take it's course!! connie68
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