Oh no, not me. My dog. Though in this case, the notion is equally absurd. I know this is late in the day, but I had to share this bit of strange behavior with you. It started yesterday...
I was in the yard gathering up the wee wandering chicks when I noticed the dog sitting in the grass with a peeping chick. The chick had obviously fallen in the water, as it was completely drenched, and it wasn't walking. Upon taking a closer look, his leg looked like it was pretty badly injured and I immediately assumed that Sandy our bulldog was to blame. I gathered up the injured chick, dried him off, and put him in a box with food and water to heal, and banished the dog to her corner.
Today I let the chickens out (they roam in the backyard) and put the chick-in-a-box inside the makeshift coop to get a little fresh air. When I came back from the garden, I found Sandy laying inside the coop, with 4 chicks laying between her legs, sleeping. When I approached, the chicks scattered and Sandy followed them around the coop, sniffing their hineys like a worried momma.
One hung around and tried to jump on her back.
and hide under her belly.
When the 4 able-bodied chicks wandered off, she sat by the chick-in-a-box and whined.
And sat there.
And sat there.
I coaxed her out and she followed her chicks to the garden and worried over them there for a while.
Sandy has never had pups of her own so I think she's adopted these. She's pretty bossy though so maybe she just likes being in charge, who knows.
Pretty sweet though, huh?