Hilda the hen has hatched a clutch of ducklings after accidentally sitting on the wrong nest of eggs.
The broody Bantam hen nested over the five eggs for a month, apparently unaware that they had been laid by a duck.
Farm owner Philip Palmer was also none the wiser as Hilda barely left the duck eggs alone until they hatched after 28 days.
And even when tiny Indian runner ducklings emerged instead of fluffy yellow chicks, Hilda wasn't put off and adopted the babies as her own.It would seem that the only time Hilda will realise the difference is when her brood waddle down to the pond and float - something chickens just can't do.
Flag This Item