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My friend Renate and I watched in amazement as our drake mated with a chicken yesterday. He had been chasing chickens around, but they had always managed to escape by flying up to a window box where they were out of the drake’s reach. I didn’t think much of it until I saw the drake grab a chicken by the feathers on the back of her neck. It was then that I realized he had romantic intentions, but I never thought he’d succeed.

When he had had is thrill, he fell to the ground in a heap, as he always does, and then took a refreshing post-coital splash in the pond.

The duck, who was laying an egg at the time, looked on peacefully.

“Doesn’t the duck mind that he’s a philanderer?” Renate said.

“Well, they’re not like us. The rooster has 12 chickens to choose from.”

“Is she going to lay bigger eggs, now?” she said, referring to the chicken.

“No,” I said, knowing thatĀ ducks and chickens may go through the motions, but nothing will ever come of it.

A quick search of the internet reveals that ours is not the first barnyard in which this has happened.

Oh my. The things you learn on a farm.