WATCH: Offaly hen delivers astonishing 20 chicks at first attempt

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WATCH: Offaly hen delivers astonishing 20 chicks at first attempt

WATCH: Offaly hen delivers 20 chicks at first attempt

Offaly farmer John Dolan has hailed his hen 'Little Chip' as a little bif special after she delivered 20 live chicks at the first attempt.

John rose to fame last year when his famous hen Marmalade entered the Guinness Book of Records having hatched an astonishing 107 chickens in two years before her death in February.

Marmalade's daughter Little Chip has now surpassed her mother's record of chicks in one clutch having 20 chicks hatched from 26 eggs laid at the first attempt.

21 eggs hatched with 20 surviving. Marmalade's largest single clutch was 16 but she regularly delivered five clutches a year.

The feat has once again attracted the RTE cameras down to Banagher to meet John and Little Chip.