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Chicken uses iPad to start laying eggs again

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 29, 2012

  • Maia the pet chicken who is being kept company with an iPad after her companion chicken was eaten by a fox

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A lonely chicken has been coaxed into laying eggs again after watching videos of other birds running around on an iPad.

Distraught hen Maia stopped producing eggs after pal Baba was eaten by a fox which terrorised their hut in the middle of the night last month.

But owner Ashley Wood, 36, managed to get the withdrawn chicken laying eggs again, after setting up his iPad in the garden of his home, in Portishead, Somerset.

The delighted office manager is now reaping the rewards – with the hen producing around five eggs per week.

Father-of-one Ashley said: “After Baba died Maia was lonely and stopped her usual supply of eggs. She just used to mope about after her lost friend.

“I decided to try playing chicken videos to her on my iPad when I was in my garden – and to my astonishment it started to work.

“She is now back producing around five eggs a week and seems a lot happier. I still get the videos out, as it helps her when she thinks she has company.”

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  • siarad2  |  May 29 2012, 9:52AM

    You need to pee around your boundary, marking your territory to keep foxes away, has to be male I'm afraid foxes are sexist :-)