BY ELAINE O’CONNOR

Playing with sweet, fuzzy baby chicks is an Easter ritual for many children.

But this year, the children from one Kelowna family had to make it past one over-protective hen-mother to do so: the family dog.

Sue Paull, owner of Eco Turf Farms, said this year her three children had to make way for their paternal puppy, who adopted a flock of 30 chicks as their mother-hen.

Paul explained that when this year’s weather forced her to incubate 30 chicks inside, the family’s 16-month-old Great Dane, Marmaduke, kept watch over the eggs and began licking the hatchlings.

Now, fully bonded with the baby chicks, he oversees their activities, keeps a close eye on anyone who dares take a chick out, and even sleeps next to them.

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