Dog Rescued From A Meat Farm Becomes Momma Hen To A Baby Chicken

Minnow the dog has taken Chickpea the chick under her tail.

By Erin Kirkpatrick

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

This is the story of Minnow the dog and Chickpea the baby chicken. The best place to start a story is at the beginning, so that’s exactly where we’re going to go. Let’s start with Minnow!

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In January 2016, Minnow arrived at Animal Welfare League of Alexandria in Virginia, after being rescued from a dog meat farm in Seoul, South Korea. Minnow was one of 23 dogs placed in the shelter by Humane Society International for treatment and adoption. As soon as the League’s Deputy Director Abbie Hubbard laid eyes on her, Minnow knew she wouldn’t be staying in the shelter any longer! “She was mine from the moment she arrived,” Hubbard told Get Leashed Magazine.

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Hubbard adopted Minnow, and the pair were legitimately inseparable.”We could be physically connected, and I’d be fine with that,” Hubbard said. Whether at work or at home, Minnow could always be found by her side, and Hubbard wouldn’t have it any other way. The rescue pooch has also taken a liking to her mother’s work with shelter animals. Hubbard explains that sweet, docile Minnow has been playing the mother hen to whoever they bring home and any animals that have stayed at the shelter. This brings us to Chickpea!

Hubbard met Chickpea when he/she* was only a few days old.

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Two weeks ago, animal control was called to collect an itsy-bitsy baby chicken who was found aimlessly wandering around the area. Staff at the League knew that Hubbard loved chickens, so they paid a visit to her office with the chick in tow, and the rest is history. Chickpea has now been with Minnow and Abbie as a foster for about three weeks! *The fluffy bundle’s gender is still unknown, as it is too young to be 100 percent accurate.

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Now that Chickpea has joined the pack, the trio do everything together. Like, actually everything. Recently, Hubbard headed to southwest Virginia for work and both Minnow and Chickpea came with her on the road trip. Chickpea’s mom took good care of him on the drive – she put him in a sock to keep him warm and toasty. At home, “Chickpea wants to follow either one of us around. Wherever we are, she/he will flap his/her wings and follow us,” said Hubbard.

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Fostering is part of the pair’s lives. They want to help other animals find warm, loving forever homes, just like they did!

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While Chickpea is still a foster in the Hubbard household, he/she has helped Hubbard’s more recent foster animals feel at home. Hubbard doesn’t know if it’s possible to keep Chickpea, but she definitely knows the longer she has him/her the harder it will be to let him/her go. She’s even thought about moving, in order to fulfill regulations around owning a chicken.

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It’s worth mentioning that Chickpea is absolutely enamored with Minnow’s fluffy tail — it provides the perfect nestling location. The chipper cheeper also enjoys napping on the couch with Minnow and hopping up on the coffee table for fun and games with mom.

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Hubbard equates Minnow and Chickpea’s relationship to her relationship with her brother, saying, “They seem like siblings. There’s so much love, and they seem to enjoy each other’s company.”

If Minnow’s tail isn’t available, nestling into mom’s neck is the next best thing.

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Now, what about their names? Hubbard can’t say why, but the name Minnow just seemed right to her. She explains further, saying, “Minnow has grown right into and decided to live up to her name. She absolutely loves the water and decided to be a minnow!” As for Chickpea, “It started off as Little Chicky and organically turned into Chickpea,” said Hubbard. We have to admit we like Chickpea way better!

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Minnow and Chickpea also have two African Grey parrot siblings. Hubbard has had them for over 20 years. They’ve embraced the chick into the family and started to mimic Chickpea’s cheep cheeps. It now sounds as though Hubbard has a peep of chicks, even though she only has the one! Hubbard has to be pretty careful when Chickpea and the parrots are together because “Chickpea is pretty small, and they have big beaks.”

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That’s an eclectic bunch of animals under one roof! They all come from different background, but they all get along with each other and other animals in need. Thank you so much to Abbie Hubbard for opening up her home to these animals. They have been given a second chance at life, and they’re most definitely paying it forward!