Seven ducklings in Stirlingshire have something to crow about after they were saved from the frying pan by a hen.
Henrietta and her seven adopted ducklings
The duck eggs were about to be cooked by Jackie Bisset, 55, owner of the Carronbridge Hotel near Denny, when Henrietta took them under her wing.
The hen, whose own eggs had not been fertilised by a cockerel, sat on the duck eggs until they hatched.
Ms Bisset said: "A hen is a much better mother, more protective, and the chicks follow her now rather than the ducks."
She added: "The ducks weren't sitting on the eggs because they weren't broody at the time so I brought them into the house to wash for eating.
"But because Henrietta kept sitting on the eggs, we then decided to shove them under her and she spent about three weeks on them before they hatched."