Beatrice residents bring a new kind of Christmas cheer to local nursing home

Beatrice residents bring a new kind of Christmas cheer to local nursing home
"Diamond" enjoys some attention from a Beatrice Health and Rehabilitation resident on Tuesday afternoon. Diamond was one of two chickens that visited residents at the nursing home's common area.

BEATRICE, NE – Beatrice Health and Rehabilitation welcomed some very special guests on Tuesday afternoon. Olive and Diamond, two “pet chickens” owned by Beatrice native Brittney Droege and her mother Michelle, visited residents at the nursing home’s common area Tuesday.

Brittney has raised chickens in Beatrice for about three years. For her, they make better pets than your typical cat or dog.

“I just love chickens,” she said. “There’s something about them. They make me happy. I know they never understand what I say when I talk to them when I’m upset. I don’t know, they’re just really good pets.”

Brittney and Michelle own six chickens and a duck. They have no roosters – it’s against Beatrice city ordinance to own roosters in city limits.

Olive and Diamond are both about nine months old. Roege said her and her poultry pals watch Netflix together.

The chickens especially like being fed popcorn, Roege said.

There was no concern about, ahem, droppings. Diamond and Olive were both wearing “diapers,” which were surgical masks.

“Never thought I’d see a chicken wear a diaper,” one resident chuckled.

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