This was, hands down, the most hilarious three minutes of the year. I had this insane idea of making a chicken sit on Ella’s head, and thought I might get one picture if I was lucky. I had Honour go get the gentlest of the (presumptive) hens and Ella was held in an upright position and we pleaded with her to stay still.
The chick was placed on her head, fluttered once, and then decided that dogs’ heads were an entirely natural perch. She looked around, walked here and there, slid down to her neck and climbed back up again – all while I was taking as many pictures in a row as I could make the camera go, and everyone was shrieking with laughter. Poor Ella! She must have had every instinct in her body screaming, but she stayed like a rock while this creature explored her cranium, peeping curiously and looking for crumbs.