Chicken finds solace with sheep after losing mate to a duck

Keith steals a kiss from one of the sheep at Dale Head Farm

Keith the Cockerel hitches a ride on the back of one of the ewes at Dale Head Farm in Rosedale

Maggie Barraclough

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A dejected rooster has jumped at the chance of new romance – with a sheep.

The cockerel called Keith decided to explore pastures new after attempts to find a mate in the henhouse were thwarted by a duck.

His bizarre antics have amused onlookers at the lambing shed at Dale Head Farm, on the North York Moors, near Rosedale Abbey, and are the talk of the remote rural community.

Keith cosies up to any sheep that takes his fancy.

Then he digs his claws in, and simply refuses to let go. Farmer Chris Barraclough and wife Maggie have never seen anything like it.

Maggie, 52, said: “Keith does not have a mate. He and an Indian Runner (a breed of domestic duck) fought over a hen, and Keith lost out.

“So now he stays with the sheep all the time.

“It must be unrequited love.

“He has decided to transfer his affections elsewhere. We take him off one sheep and the next minute he is sitting on another one. He digs his claws into the wool but never hurts them.”

Keith is two years old – making him the equivalent of 16 in human years.

He is from the traditional English Buff Orpington breed.

Indian Runners are an unusual breed of drake, which stand tall like penguins. They run rather than waddle and make hoarse whispers instead of quacks.

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12:24pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Disgusting. What would the president of Uganda say?
Disgusting. What would the president of Uganda say? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -2

3:15pm Fri 28 Feb 14

piemagico says...

I once knew a fella called Keith who would cosy up with any sheep going. Things did not end well for him.
I once knew a fella called Keith who would cosy up with any sheep going. Things did not end well for him. piemagico
  • Score: 7

3:16pm Fri 28 Feb 14

CynicaloldGit says...

"He and an Indian Runner (a breed of domestic duck) fought over a hen, and Keith lost out"

Bluddy foreigners coming over here and taking our women..er hens!!
"He and an Indian Runner (a breed of domestic duck) fought over a hen, and Keith lost out" Bluddy foreigners coming over here and taking our women..er hens!! CynicaloldGit
  • Score: 6

6:51pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

This is gonna cause some flooding or something.
This is gonna cause some flooding or something. Buzzz Light-year
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2:14pm Sat 1 Mar 14

cheekymouse says...

What a beautiful Rooster! I have a Gorgeous Orpington called Lottie who likes croissants, cuddling and resting her beak on my cheek! Maybe they can meet up for a date. Chickens are GREAT! Underrated as pets x
What a beautiful Rooster! I have a Gorgeous Orpington called Lottie who likes croissants, cuddling and resting her beak on my cheek! Maybe they can meet up for a date. Chickens are GREAT! Underrated as pets x cheekymouse
  • Score: 1

3:54am Sun 2 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

Keith.... Keith the Cockerel!

"it's a person's name... a person's name!!"
Keith.... Keith the Cockerel! "it's a person's name... a person's name!!" Magicman!
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