Could Marmalade the hen lay her way into the Guinness Book of Records?
A Co Offaly hen could make it into the Guinness Book of Records, after it hatched out a whopping 54 chicks in five separate clutches - all within the space of 12 months.
Marmalade is a half-bred Red Mottled hen, owned by John Dolan near Banagher, Co. Offaly.
He has been breeding hens since the 1970s and is over the moon with the performance of marmalade.
"She had her first clutch on January 13 this year when she hatched out seven chickens. The next clutch was born on April 29 with 11 chickens. Then on July 17 she had another 16 chickens and September 25 she had nine more.
"Then she laid again November 22 - 14 eggs and she has sat on them since then. Over the last two days the eggs have hatched and 12 chicks have survied.
"The brings the total to 54 chickens from one hen inside one calendar year," he said.
According to Dolan, there are several generations of blood line in his the two-and-a-half year old hen Marmalade.
"They are bred to lay eggs and hatch. We sell the pullets locally and we have chickens all year around. We'd have around 13 hens, and 12 pullets," he said.