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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