Little Chip is taking after her record-breaking mother Marmalade
Irish farmer John Dolan was delighted this month to see his beloved hen Little Chip successfully hatch 20 adorable chicks.
Dolan, who runs a farm local to Banagher in Co Offaly, was the proud owner of Marmalade, a hen who famously delivered five ‘clutches’ of chicks annually but passed away in February at only 4 years old.
Marmalade’s largest ever clutch delivered 16 chicks - an average clutch is about 10-12 chicks. The Red Mottled Leg-Horn hen ended up delivering an astounding 181 live chicks in her short lifetime.
Publiée par John Dolan sur Lundi 19 mars 2018
This month, Marmalade’s daughter Little Chip smashed her mother’s record when she laid 26 eggs. Of them, 21 hatched and an amazing 20 survived.
You can listen to John Dolan discussing the large clutch and Marmalade’s legacy on Irish radio station Midlands 103.
Dolan said Little Chip “could hatch five times or four times just like her mother did" and believes Little Chip's success must be in the genes.
Check out the precious pack of chicks here, courtesy of RTÉ News: