A Nova Scotia enterprise is comfortable to have their workplace rooster again after she flew the coop over the weekend.
Henrietta the “rogue chicken” had been residing at Dalton Jodrey Plumbing & Heating in Pleasantville, N.S., since final summer time after she confirmed up in the future with a gaggle of guinea hens who roam the neighborhood.
“She just never went back with the guinea hens,” mentioned workplace supervisor Michele Brewster. “She just kinda hangs in the yard.”
Henrietta has a coop arrange within the firm storage, the place she stays at night time together with her infants. She spends her days wandering across the property and is kind of keen on tomatoes, Brewster mentioned.
Whereas she could also be a rooster by breed, Henrietta shouldn’t be a rooster by nature. The chook has an urge for food for journey and has a behavior of sneaking into autos when the driving force isn’t trying.
“You have to watch because she’s been known to jump in a work van and go down the road before they realize that she’s in the van,” mentioned Brewster.
“She’s a riot.”
The rooster isn’t frightened of the loud work vehicles – “I don’t know if she’s courageous or stupid,” Brewster mentioned – and has needed to be chased away from them prior to now.
On Sunday, Dalton Jodrey Plumbing & Heating had a name for a septic tank pump-out. The employee arrived that morning to take the vacuum truck to go on the job.
“When he went to get out of the truck, he noticed she was tucked in under the cab,” mentioned Brewster.
“So he took her out, scooched her in the barn, thought he scared her off enough to keep her in the barn, went to go do the job.”
Little did he know that the freedom-seeking fowl had managed to sneak again on the truck.
“Then, at the end of the day when they came to put the chickens in, the babies were there, but she was not,” mentioned Brewster.
“We scoured the yard, the whole property – because sometimes she’ll disappear laying eggs, and she’ll sit on them, but she’ll always come back for dinner – and she didn’t come back.”
Everybody was “very upset,” she mentioned, because the climate was extraordinarily chilly on Monday and Tuesday. Nonetheless, they didn’t discover any proof that she had been plucked away by a hungry fox or eagle, so there was nonetheless hope.
After having no luck of their search, the enterprise made a put up on its Fb web page on Wednesday asking if anybody had seen Henrietta locally positioned about 90 minutes from Halifax.
That’s after they discovered that she had been rescued and brought to the wildlife rehabilitation centre Hope for Wildlife after she was noticed operating round Bridgewater, a 10-minute drive away.
“She was in town, she must have jumped out of the truck by the intersection by the bridge in Bridgewater,” mentioned Brewster.
They went to select Henrietta up from the group Wednesday night and he or she is now safely again at dwelling.
“We were just over the moon … We were just beside ourselves without her,” mentioned Brewster on Thursday.
“So that’s quite the excellent adventure. We haven’t seen her try to get in the truck today, but it’s early in the day.”
On Thursday morning, Henrietta was fortunately operating round with the little ones, clucking away and digging holes.
“She’s probably pretty happy to be home, but I can’t imagine what goes through a chicken’s mind,” mentioned Brewster.
Whereas some on the enterprise consider the incident might need put Henrietta off from future stowaway adventures, Brewster isn’t satisfied.
“She’s almost like a little puppy – just loves to explore, very curious about everything,” she mentioned.
“I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see.”
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