Nearly half way through the Summer holidays and it has been busy. We have had work and weddings and adventures and even hosted a barbeque in the Sun (it may have been the only sunshine we have seen this Summer but I’m not complaining). One big adventure so far this Summer is our new brood of chicks!
We decided to test out an incubator this year and somehow the five eggs we had planned to hatch turned into a little more.
I am glad to report that the incubator worked to great success… as our kitchen turned into a chick maternity ward. This little one was looking a bit dazed after his arrival!
Some of the chicks seemed to want to get to grips with some life skills from a very young age. I think this one has aspirations to be a writer…
And this one has a more adventurous side!
They are all destined to be stars though as they had their very own camera crew right in our kitchen. To see their tv debut you’ll have to tune in to the “Is Eolaí Mé” series on Cúla 4 (TG4) in early 2016.
In total twelve chicks hatched and we finally managed to watch and record the event, it was really beautiful.
Looking at that it is not hard to accept that birds are the living relatives of dinosaurs! Especially now that we know that dinosaurs had feathers.
Chickens are thought to be the descendants of a class of dinosaurs called Maniraptorans, three-toed meat-eaters that walked upright, had shorter forearms, hollow bones and fused collarbones just like the birds wishbone.
Now all we need to work out is which came first, the chicken or the egg?
On a completely different note, there have been some changes around here as the website finally got a well needed revamp. I hope you like the new look, let me know what you think!