Medal-picking chicken made Becky slip-up

Mabel the medal-picking chicken
Mabel the medal-picking chicken

LINBY’S ‘Mystic’ Mabel could be heading for the cooking pot as her Olympic predictions failed to materialise.

Based at Brooke Farm in the village, the free range chicken had a choice of pictures denoting gold, silver, bronze or no medal to ‘peck’ from when asked what Rebecca Adlington’s chances were in the 800m freestyle swimming final.

But the plucky bird’s preference for gold proved a peck too far as the Mansfield champ came in third to take the bronze.

“We thought it would be a bit of fun as the latest psychic animal Larry the donkey is struggling with his predictions for this year’s Olympics,” said Brooke Farm manager, Ian Holland.

“But I think Mabel will be sticking to egg-laying from now on after her failed prediction. Mabel has proved her mystic skills are quite limited.”

The Notts County Council-run Brooke Farm has around 350 free range hens laying around 300 eggs a day which are on sale at the farm shop.

Brooke Farm is a commercial enterprise growing vegetables and plants for sale to the general public. The farm employs staff with mixed abilities and offers training to people with disabilities.

The farm shop offers a range of home-grown produce for sale, including seasonal vegetables, salad and fruit, flowers and plants along with locally-sourced products such as bread, milk, preserves, pickles, cakes and biscuits.

Produce grown at Brooke Farm is sold at the farm shop in Main Street.

n OUR PHOTOS show Mabel with Ian Holland and Becky with her bronze medal