The French do great things with eggs. Omelettes, souffles, and macarons are just a few of the wonderful things people do with eggs in France. But now one Frenchman is really getting intimate with some eggs, because he’s attempting to hatch his own family of baby chicks with his body heat.
According to The Local, French artist Abraham Poincheval is trying to make himself a “human hen” by sitting on top of a nest of 12 chicken eggs in at the Palais de Tokyo modern art museum in Paris until they hatch into chicks. The exhibit he calls “Egg” began on Wednesday, and he plans on staying on top of them until they hatch. If everything goes well, that should take around three weeks.
Poincheval will be wearing a special blanket to help him keep the eggs warm, and he designed an “egg-laying table” so he can sit on the eggs without crushing them. Poincheval also says that he’s been eating a ginger-heavy diet to help warm up his body so he can keep the eggs at the right temperature for hatching. Eggs are best incubated at a temperature of around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, so he’ll have some work cut out for him. Humans have lower body temperatures than chickens, and unlike chickens, humans are not very well designed for incubating eggs. According to Time, experts say it’s not likely that the eggs will hatch.
Poincheval says that if he successfully hatches the eggs, the chicks will be sent off to live with his parents. Well, that’s one way to give them grandchildren.