Banagher farmer's hens strike gold again

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Following the devastation of losing his recordbreaking hen Marmalade a couple of months ago, Banagher farmer John Dolan was delighted last week when one of Marmalade's offspring displayed that she had inherited some of her mother's gold dust.

"We are all over the moon here at the farm," said John. "Little Chip Marmalade hatched out a clutch of 20 live chicks today. They were born on the 13th of May 2019. We couldn't believe it and it compensates a bit for the grief of her mother's untimely death.

"On her first attempt Little Chip went one step better than her famous mother. Of the 26 eggs she laid, 21 hatched, with 20 chicks surviving. A dozen eggs is a typical clutch. The most Marmalade hatched out in a clutch was 16. The legacy lives on.

 "Little chip was born on the 24 of October 2018."

 Marmalade died at the age of four and a half in February, having consistently delivered five clutches of chickens a year, hatching 181 live chicks in total. Her owner had been pushing to have her listed in the Guinness Book of Records for her incredible fertility.

 Marmalade took part in the Banagher St Patrick's Day Parade after which John took her into a local pub where he showed the hen supping from a pint of Guinness.

John said 85% of hens don't hatch at all and the ones who do would be pushed to hatch twice a year which made Marmalade an extraordinary phenomenon of nature.

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