does cearc mean just the bird or can it mean fried cearc?
Both the live bird and the food, fried or otherwise!
this is a chicken and it has to run before it gets eaten
Why give example of these and chickens if this actually says this and chicken?
Are you referring to the hints? It's the same hints across the whole course. Usually, the most pertinent one is the one at the top of the list :)
Can it mean hen? I thought hen was used synonymously with chicken today.
So "Seo cearc" apparently means both "This (animal) is a chicken" and also "This (food) is chicken"...