Miracle Chicken Eggs: Chicken In China Lays Half Pound Eggs [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on March 18, 2013 4:59 PM EDT

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“Miracle chicken” eggs: A chicken in China laid a half pound egg which had two yolks and another, normal size egg inside of it. (Photo: Reuters)

A "miracle chicken" in China laid a half pound egg, and this isn't its first time.

The Guardian reports that the egg weighed half a pound, had two yolks inside and contained another fully-formed egg inside of it. According to the 87-year-old woman who owns the chicken, the hen has been laying these giant eggs for weeks. She said the first time it happened, she thought the hen was dying. This is the fourth or fifth huge, mutant egg the hen has laid.

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Even jumbo-size eggs which you can buy in grocery stores only weigh around 2.5oz, or .16lbs, each. The "miracle chicken" egg from China was over three times this size.

The woman who owns the hen says that the chicken wasn't eating the same corn that the rest of the hens were eating. Rather, it was being fed a rice diet. It is unclear whether this different diet is causing the hen to produce these giant, two-yolk eggs.  

This isn't the first time chickens have laid giant eggs. In June of 2012, Daily Mail reported on a hen in Texas that laid an egg the size of a baseball. Like the "miracle chicken" egg in China, this egg, too, had a smaller, normal size egg inside of it. The Daily Mail says that such an egg is very rare and occurs when "unusual contractions" in the hen force a developing egg back into the ovary where it is surrounded by another egg. The eggs are then delivered as one. It's unsure if the two-yolk eggs are good for eating.

You can see a video of the giant "miracle chicken" egg here.

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