These days, hearing about (or admitting to) having a chicken as a pet might seem a tad unusual, or, in some circles, eccentric. But, back when it was common to have backyard flocks, it was not uncommon to have one or two special hens that were not only useful egg-layers, but were treated as pets, too.
This child’s activity book from 1942 shows what could have been Tillie’s great-great-great-great-great grandmother. Certainly, there’s a family resemblance, the little hen has the same commanding attitude. No wonder the cat is letting her drink the milk first!