11-year-old boy from Franklin County and his sledding chicken go viral

Franklin County

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – A tweet with a video of a chicken that enjoys sledding went viral on Twitter, with more than 200,000 views.

22News contacted the owners of that chicken, an 11-year-old boy, and his family from Shelburne Falls. According to the family, Luke Read and his barred rock chicken Teddy Nugget formed a special bond and were inseparable.

One day, Luke took Teddy for a day of sledding, and it turned out that Teddy really liked the winter activity. She even sleds and steers all by herself.

According to Luke’s mom, Angelina Read, her husband sent the video of Teddy going sledding to his coworker Leslie, who posted it on Twitter on February 18 where it went viral. The video was also featured on Facebook, Youtube, sports blogs, and in the UK.

Luke’s love for chickens has influenced his goals for the future.

He told 22News, “I’m kind of hoping to open a chicken rescue, so I can rescue chickens and try to find better homes for them.”

According to Read, because of Luke’s story getting out there, he has already been approached by another rescue chicken. The family is picking up Chickidee on Sunday, she will be the family’s fourth rescue.

Read said Chickidee’s flock was recently killed by a bear and has no home so she is currently living in a cage in someone’s bathroom.

Luke hopes to maybe start a GoFundMe page to start his rescue. He also hopes that his connection with Teddy shows other people how cool and smart chickens are.

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