Bizarre inseparable friendship between race horse and chicken
Phez the chicken and George, an ex-racing horse, have found a stable companion in one another, and are now inseparable, from sleeping to riding together.
The chicken first entered Homefield Racing Stables roughly a year after she was found by the stable owners in a disheveled state, wandering down the driveway.
Lynn Winks, the owner said that at first she couldn’t tell whether it was a chicken or a pheasant, hence the name ‘Phez’, and took the bird under her wing and into the safe haven of George’s stable.
According to Mrs Links, Phez finds a comfy spot on George’s back every night and the pair sleep harmoniously together.
“Phez actually roosts on George's back and sleeps on him. She doesn't like to sleep on the floor or anywhere else in the stable. She always goes into George's stable. All the stables look alike but without fail she always flies through George's door at night. She knows where her home is.
Phez will only lay eggs in George's stable as well. She's never laid an egg for me anywhere else” said Lynn.
While Lynn does the morning feed, George has to be speedy in order to get a look in on his food. Lynn added: "I feed the two of them together and Phez has been known to pinch George's food. If he sees George in the stable eating, he'll share his food."
Although George is often out in the day riding, if he is in the paddock, Phez will always find him. Lynn says the strong friendship has brought joy to the stables.
She said: "It was just a bit of a novelty to be honest when this chicken came wondering up the path and then took to George's stable."