Magdeburg: Lenny (10), the Nils Holgersson on the Börde


Magdeburg (Saxony-Anhalt) – The little spring animal lover also shares the tub with the chicks.

When other children are busy with cell phones or game consoles, Lenny (10) has his hands full with his offspring. The fourth grader from Samswegen in the Magdeburg Börde is like the Swedish children’s book hero Nils Holgersson (14), who understands the language of animals.

Of course, Lenny doesn’t fly geese, but poultry is his passion. It all started with a guinea pig and a rabbit, which he exchanged for four quails with a colleague of Mama Jessika (37, nurse). Three hens, one rooster.



Lenny (10) carefully holds one of his quails in his hands – he exchanged them for a guinea pig and a rabbitPhoto: Peter Gercke

The mother: “Unfortunately, the hens didn’t hatch their eggs. But because Lenny saw in an animal documentary that humans can also hatch bird eggs by hand, he asked us for an incubator.”


Lenny looks into his incubator.  If there are eggs in it, he makes sure that the temperature and humidity are right

Lenny looks into his incubator. If there are eggs in it, he makes sure that the temperature and humidity are rightPhoto: Peter Gercke

First success: After 17 days, eight small quail chicks hatched. Ten hatched chicken eggs followed, the highlight so far being five fluffy goslings.


The little offspring breeder lovingly takes care of the little birds even after they hatch

The little offspring breeder lovingly takes care of the little birds even after they hatchPhoto: private

However, Lenny has an agreement with his parents: as soon as his birds are big, they will be in the good hands of the poultry breeders’ association.

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