The phrase ‘spring chicken’ might be lost on these little chirpy chaps.
Because the mild winter we are enjoying on the Fylde coast is playing havoc with Mother Nature and various animals are taking a break from the usual routine.
At Farmer Parrs Animal World, in Fleetwood, the young Brabanter chicks (bottom right) were hatched in time to meet Santa.
The warmer weather meant they came along a few months earlier than staff would have expected.
And they are not the only ones who are feeling the effects as we enjoy near-record temperatures for December.
Tortoises – who would normally be happily hibernating through the chilly winter weather – are still out and about.
Manager Lee Whitehead said: “We are still getting our hens laying eggs. At this time of year it usually stops – spring is the season for chicks. And our tortoises that would normally hibernate are not in hibernation.”
And the effects of the warm weather are not limited to Farmer Parrs – elsewhere in Lancashire, a lamb has been born months ahead of the traditional season on a farm in Samlesbury.
In parts of the UK, the mercury has risen to record night-time levels for this time of year –but it’s not all good news.
The unseasonable weather has been linked to the storms that caused havoc amid widespread flooding in parts of Lancashire and Cumbria.
And it all comes just a few years after one of the coldest winters in living memory.
Back in 2010, when 10 inches of snow fell in parts of the North West, the temperature fell to -11.9 degrees in Blackpool – a far cry from the 14.8 degrees recorded last week.