New chicks and a new look

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…

Chick on laptop


And this one has a more adventurous side!

Chick on a skateboard


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.

Chicks on film


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!


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22 thoughts on “New chicks and a new look

  • July 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Awh the chicks are so adorable:) I love the new revamped look, it’s fab 🙂

    • July 28, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks so much

  • July 28, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Ohhhh, the new site looks brilliant! Well done 🙂

    And the chicks *swoon* My Molly is sitting on 11 eggs due to hatch between today and tomorrow!

    • July 28, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Thanks B, and how exciting… 11?!! She’ll be busy

    • July 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks Christine

  • July 25, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Your new site is stunning – it looks good enough to eat!
    And the chicks are so cute. How very apt to have your new site and new chicks in one post – lovely!

    • July 25, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Thanks Office Mum, seems like there are many new things around here alright 🙂

  • July 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Aww what a fab post they are just adorable! I look forward to seeing them on the telly 🙂

    • July 24, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks Sara, they are really cute but growing fast

  • July 24, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    They are so cute, and the film, that little guy really was shell shocked, I gasped when the boisterous one tumbled over him lol!
    I love the new look, it’s fab 🙂

    • July 24, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      I know he certainly didn’t have an easy time of it with the other two 🙂

  • July 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Love the new look – clean but colourful! It must have been really exciting waiting for all those chicks to hatch. I have trouble keeping plants alive so I don’t think we’ll be giving that a go in our house…

    • July 24, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks Sheila and yes it was fantastic to watch, the kids and I were transfixed for 26 minutes, thinking it was about to break out every time it moved.

  • July 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    How gorgeous!

    (Both the chicks and the new look!)

    • July 24, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks Lucy

  • July 24, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Cuter than two cute things stuck together with Zooey Dechanel endorsed glue. Lovely. And thumbs up to the new look.

    • July 24, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Haha, I just love your way with words and thanks 🙂

    • July 24, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Thanks Sadhbh and yes I think your girls will love it!

  • July 23, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Welcome to the world, chicks!!!! Your site looks great, looking forward to Is Eolaí Mé, very exciting!

    • July 23, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks Joanna, I’ll be sure to let you know when it hits our screens!

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