Chicken Lays Giant Egg In England, Second ‘Miracle Egg’ Discovered This Week [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on March 19, 2013 11:41 AM EDT

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A chicken in England laid a giant egg on Saturday. (Photo: Reuters)

A chicken laid a giant egg at a farm in Cheltenham, England on Saturday. The hen, named Rainbow, laid a giant 4.6 oz egg that fell short of the world record. The owner of the chicken that laid the giant egg, Jeremy Power, told the BBC that Guinness World Record officials told him a world record weight for an egg is tough to verify.

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"It's all a bit of a dodgy world really in that there's no one to actually authenticate the weight of an egg," he said. "On Saturday, Rainbow really was on top form. I opened up the chicken house and there was this enormous egg. It's almost like a comedy egg it was so big."

When informed of the chicken that laid a giant egg in England, a spokesman for Guinness World Records told the BBC that 4.6 oz isn't anywhere close to the largest egg they have on record.

"The heaviest egg reported to have been laid by a hen is one of 454g (16oz), with a double yolk and double shell, laid by a White Leghorn at Vineland, New Jersey, USA, on 25 February 1956," the spokesman said.

Power is disappointed he didn't set a record, and admits he felt bad for the chicken that laid the giant egg.

"Ouch, that is everyone's reaction to it... poor little chicken," he said.

Rainbow isn't the only chicken to lay a giant egg making news this week. A "miracle chicken" in China laid a half pound egg and has been dropping giant eggs for several weeks, according to the owner. She said the first time it happened, she thought the hen was dying. This is the fourth or fifth giant egg the hen has laid. The egg contained two yolks and had another fully formed egg inside it, according to reports.

The chicken that laid the giant egg in England has only produced one so far. And Power wants to crack it open on video and share the surprise on YouTube.

"The question is what is inside our egg. I think I'll have to video us opening it up just in case there's a surprise in there," he said.

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