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ster egg-scape!<br />
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Raindrop.<br />
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A broody hen has left her owners shell-shocked after repeatedly leaving her coop to lay 37 eggs in secret in the hope they wouldn't be taken away.<br />
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The bantam hen, named Raindrop, has spent the last five weeks wandering off from her pen through a gap in a hedge to the private nest under a tree 500 yards away.<br />
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Owner Sandra Palmer, from Poole, Dorset only discovered the large pile of eggs when she noticed the bird was missing one day and went looking for her.<br />
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She eventually spotted two-year-old Raindrop sitting on top of an enormous nest.<br />
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After laying more than three dozen, the hen tried to nest the haul in the hope they would hatch.