- Summer Rayne Oakes, 34, keeps a hen Kippee in her apartment with 700 plants
- Kippee quickly imprinted on her new owner and they have been together a year
- The pair are regulars at their local community garden in NYC and are frequently spotted together around town including on the subway
- To keep the animal’s anxiety at bay, Oakes began taking Kippee along on photo shoots, which eventually resulted in the hen getting work of her own
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It sounds clucking crazy but a model from New York doesn’t go anywhere without her pet hen.
Like birds of a feather, 34-year-old Summer Rayne Oakes from Williamsburg sticks together with Kippee as she travels about the city.
While many people like to rely on dogs for emotional support animals, Oakes is the chick with the chicken as she takes her feathery friend everywhere she goes – and best of all she gets free eggs for breakfast.
Summer Rayne Oakes keeps a hen in her apartment along with 700 plants
Oakes says her ‘little love’ has been with her since summer 2017 and it has been both a blessing and a challenge fostering her
‘I’ll usually make them into a veggie omelette,’ said Oakes to the New York Post, ‘You can’t get any fresher.’
Oakes has been with the mother hen since last May after meeting her at the Wild Bird Fund when she was just a chick.
‘I was like, ‘Oh my God this is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life,’ Oakes said. ‘She jumped up onto my lap and just started preening herself. She was so comfortable there.’
Kippee was an Easter gift but was then abandoned by her previous owner after the holiday and taken to a Manhattan shelter where she was put up for adoption.
Kippee quickly imprinted on her new owner and they have been together a year
Oakes’ weekend consists of time with her feathered friend, Kippee, and the coolest cacti
‘She definitely chose me,’ said Oakes. ‘She imprinted on me right away and we’ve been inseparable ever since.’
The chicken now features regularly on Oakes’ Instagram and can be seen sipping on sparkling water, eating pricey ham and even posing in commercials for Celestial Seasonings tea, Lulu Lemon, and fashion shoots.
The two are inseparable and have only spent two hours apart since they partnered up last May.
‘If I leave her she screams and gets really depressed,’ said Oakes to the Post. ‘Instead of her being my emotional support pet, I’m like her emotional support human.’
Oakes’s dad built the wooden tray for her to she could have breakfast in bed but Kippee loves sitting in it
The pair are regulars at their local community garden and frequently spotted together around town including on the subway and even in the Home Depot
Kippee travels around town in a bird carrier purse which certainly draws attention.
‘Only in New York!’ said one passerby who caught sight of the hen. ‘Look! Look! It’s a rooster!’ a little boy screamed on the street.
‘We’re so disconnected from farm and forest life here in New York City,’ Oakes said. ‘So she’s an especially great tool for me to educate the public.’
The pair have been identified while riding the subway when the woman recognized Kippee. Oakes recalls getting scolded by a police officer for letting the bird roam free at a park: ‘He says, “Excuse me ma’am, is that your hen? She has to be on a leash.” It was the most ridiculous conversation ever had by two people,’ she told Modern Farmer.
Oakes wants Kippee to play with other hens and has recently raised $3,500 to re-build a chicken coop at a nearby community center.
‘It’ll be good for her,’ she said Oakes.
Out of all of the pictures in Instagram, there is one chick that truly stands out
Kippee has separation anxiety so Oakes has to take her to events where she draws attention
Back at her apartment, Oakes is equally eccentric living in a virtual greenhouse with more than 700 plants.
Kippee enjoys her time looking at herself in the mirror and eating fly larvae, mealworms, seeds and crushed up egg shells which are apparently high in calcium – all of which leads to her pooping around 30 times a day.
Before this chick gets laid, each night, Kippee snuggles in bed with Oakes before going to roost at 8pm where she sleeps on a wooden plank above the model’s bedroom door.
To keep the animal’s anxiety at bay, Oakes began taking Kippee along on photo shoots, which eventually resulted in the hen getting work of her own