Most chickens in small, backyard flocks live out their lives quite comfortably in and around their coops in the company of their feathered friends. But every so often you run across a bird that marches to the tune of her own, special drum.
That is certainly the case with a 6-month-old Dominique egg-laying hen on Kate McCormick’s Waldo homestead. The fluffy black and white chicken has taken to making herself perfectly at home inside of McCormick’s 1800s farmhouse, despite having a rather fancy coop of her own in the backyard.
Evidence of an intruder
It all started around two weeks ago when McCormick returned home from a day at Common Ground Fair, an annual celebration of sustainable living produced by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in Unity, Maine.
“I was really tired and I just wanted to go to bed,” she said. “I lifted up the throw pillows [on my bed], and there was an egg under them.”
McCormick said all she could do at the time was laugh, and look for the nearest suspect. In this case, her 7-year-old German Shepherd-Labrador Retriever mix Jake.
Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.
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