You may remember the story of Marmalade the record-breaking chicken, who left her owner devastated when she died at the age of four in February, having consistently delivered five clutches of chickens a year.
Well now there’s a new chicken in town – Banagher, Co Offaly to be precise.
Farmer John Dolan says Marmalade’s daughter Little Chip, who was born in October, is remarkable in her own right – having produced an astonishing clutch of chicks at her first attempt.
Of the 26 eggs she laid, 21 hatched, with 20 chicks surviving.
A dozen eggs is a typical clutch, while Marmalade’s largest clutch had 16 chicks.
So it seems Little Chip is a chip off the old block, as it were.
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