Rescue hen lives the high life in Marlborough

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Chris Potts with Silvia the hen.

A rescue hen is living the high life after refusing to return to her old way of life.

Five-year-old Silvia was rescued by owner Chris Potts after she was mauled by dogs.

Now the pampered chicken lives a life of indoor luxury and snuggles up each night to sleep on her very own fleece-lined bed.

Stretching her legs in the garden.
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Stretching her legs in the garden.

Animal lover Chris says Silvia was originally kept indoors while she recovered from her nasty injuries.

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But the happy hen refused to go back to her life as a run-of-the mill chicken and has been ensconced in the family home since.

Silvia gets an afternoon snack from devoted owner Chris Potts.
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Silvia gets an afternoon snack from devoted owner Chris Potts.

"She is one of the family now and seems to have adopted us as her flock."

"Silvia was originally one of 40 chickens we had and was badly attacked. She didn't have a name at that point but I really thought she was a goner as she'd broken her leg and was covered in blood.

"She needed two days of IV fluids and then we took her home and she recovered in the kitchen.

Silvia is happy to spend time with her four-legged friends, golden retrievers Ukoo and Bahati, and Amazi.
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Silvia is happy to spend time with her four-legged friends, golden retrievers Ukoo and Bahati, and Amazi.

"She ate worms and I gave her water from a syringe."

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Chris and her family recently moved to the Hawkesbury area of Marlborough from Dunedin. With 10 pets to move, including Silvia, it was a mammoth journey to undertake.

Silvia, a barred rock cross, has settled well into her new abode and with no hen house in sight is content to spend her days wandering the house with the other family pets or getting some fresh air in the huge garden.

Silvia will only sleep on her fleece blanket on the leather sofa.
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Silvia will only sleep on her fleece blanket on the leather sofa.

Most afternoons, the coddled chook takes an afternoon nap in the sun lounge.

"She loves to sunbathe," Chris says.

With three dogs, five cats and a bunny named Bentley, Chris' home is an animal paradise.

The menagerie gets on well and they enjoy spending time together.

"All the animals live happily together, there are no squabbles and she just comes and goes as she pleases.

"The only time she gets upset is if she wants to lay an egg in the cat basket and there's a cat in it.

"We call it the nut house. There's always something going on and animals everywhere but we wouldn't have it any other way."

 - The Marlborough Express

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