Clucky artist hatches first chick

Central Station | 20 Apr 2017

A French artist who has spent three weeks sitting on 10 eggs has hatched his first chick.

Abraham Poincheval - who made headlines last month after spending a week entombed inside an egg-shaped rock - has hardly slept since stepping inside a glass cabinet in a Paris modern art museum to sit on the eggs on March 29.

But late on Tuesday afternoon the first of the eggs began to hatch.

Poincheval was allowed a half-hour break every 24 hours to keep him from cracking - although he never once left the glass case in the Palais de Tokyo. "It has been really tough for him. He has slept sitting on the eggs," a spokeswoman for the museum said.

What is more the 44-year-old has had to contend with the heat, having to keep the eggs at a minimum of 37 degrees Celsius.

His ordeal is not over, however. Although the chick has cracked a hole in the top of its shell, it has shown no sign of wanting to leave it.

And its nine siblings must also hatch before Poincheval can go home to his two human children.

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