Confused Hen That Refuses To Give 4 Kittens Back To Their Original Mother

A hen was seen brooding 4 “babies”, but its owner could not imagine that it was not chicks that it sheltered and cared for under its wings. They were nothing less than kittens and the dilemma with the real mother of the kittens caused quite a stir.

In all the animal world, including humans, the maternal instinct acts in a very strong way and not even biological barriers stop that instinct from flourishing.

On a farm where different types of animals are cared for, from large ones like cows, to small cats and chickens, a very peculiar case of maternal instinct was presented.

The hen lovingly brooded 4 foreign kittens


The farmer entered his barn and saw one of his hens warming her nest with her chicks inside, the farmer saw it as normal because hens not only heat their nest to incubate their eggs, but also several weeks after their birth to keep them warm.

The hen seemed to brood her chicks

It all got a little weird and quite extraordinary when the farmer heard the chicks start giving little meows, and that’s when he discovered that the chicks were actually four little kittens.

The supposed chicks were actually about 4 sweet balls of feline fur

To explain the situation a little, the owner of all these cute animals tells that one of the farm cats decided to give birth to her four little kittens in the hen’s nest while she was away.

The real mother was a farm cat.

The funny part of the story begins when the hen returns to her nest and meets these cute kittens, for whom she mysteriously immediately felt a deep love, so she decided to sit on them to keep them warm and keep them warm.

She understood that they were defenseless creatures that needed her more than ever even though she was not their mother.

So much was the level of maternal love that the hen had that she did not allow the mother cat to get close to her kittens again, even the farmer tried to intervene and take the hen away from the little ones but this adoptive mother seemed to go crazy if they took her away from their little ones.

Her new babies seemed to be what she loved the most and she wasn’t about to give them back.

After a while, the hen managed to calm down a bit and agreed to share the little ones with their original mother, but to be fed and cleaned, nothing more.

Over time, the hen had her own chicks and seemed to leave in the past that incredible attachment to the kittens that were not hers. Apparently, she just needed a few little ones to give all her love to.

The farmer says that all the kittens, as well as their mother, the hen and the new chicks, are doing well.

They are all growing very healthy and strong.

It is comforting to see how the maternal instinct of animals works when seeing small baby animals apparently “abandoned”, as the example of this chicken.

In the video below we can see the moment in which another hen, like the mother in this story, was discovered “brooding” foreign offspring:

This story reminds us that love knows no limits, and when we feel this special feeling we don’t think twice to give love and care to different creatures regardless of the color of their skin, whether they have feathers or scales, beak or snout, or how many legs they have.

The maternal instinct in animals is one of the most beautiful things there is. How much we have left to learn!

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