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Iowa chicken lays 4.1-ounce egg
UPI ^ | March. 1, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 03/01/2011 7:03:30 AM PST by Red Badger

BONAPARTE, Iowa, March 1 (UPI) -- Experts said a 4.1-ounce egg laid by an Iowa chicken is unusual, but not without precedent.

Nathan Batten, 37, said Aussie, a black Australorp chicken, laid the egg measuring 3 1/2-inches long and 6 1/2 inches in circumference at his farm near Bonaparte Feb. 18, The Des Moines Register reported Monday.

The egg weighs about twice as much as an egg labeled large by U.S. Department of Agriculture standards and exceeds the average 2 1/2 ounces for a jumbo egg.

Sean Skeehan, who raises chickens at Blue Gate Farm in Chariton, said egg size is dictated by breed, not by diet. He said the huge egg was not surprising given previous 3-ounce eggs laid by Aussie.

Hongwei Xin, director of Iowa State University's egg industry center, said he heard of two similarly sized eggs at a farm near Winterset last year.

Batten said he is planning to contact Guinness World Records to determine whether the egg was a record-setter. On its Web site, Guinness makes no mention of largest egg laid by a chicken. It lists a more than 5-pound ostrich egg as the biggest egg laid by a bird.


TOPICS: Agriculture; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: agriculture; egg; farm; hen; iowa
I've noticed a lot of Chinese name in the research news lately.................
1 posted on 03/01/2011 7:03:35 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

I’m better off for knowing this


2 posted on 03/01/2011 7:04:41 AM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: Red Badger

OUCH!


3 posted on 03/01/2011 7:05:52 AM PST by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: Red Badger

I understand he tried to upload a picture of the egg, but it got scrambled.


4 posted on 03/01/2011 7:06:01 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: Red Badger

Wow a Quarter Pounder.


5 posted on 03/01/2011 7:06:20 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Ding,Ding, we have our daily winner!


6 posted on 03/01/2011 7:07:56 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Red Badger

A double-yoker, I’ll wager.

I once had a Buff Orphington hen who would produce an oucher occasionally.


7 posted on 03/01/2011 7:10:20 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: reagan_fanatic

I guess the yokes on him, then.


8 posted on 03/01/2011 7:11:30 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: EggsAckley

ping!............


9 posted on 03/01/2011 7:13:33 AM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Ole Okie

I got a double yolk in an egg just last week!.......storbought, too. I guess the candler was on break that minute...........


10 posted on 03/01/2011 7:14:42 AM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Red Badger
We once had a chicken produce an 8 ounce egg on my father's farm. It was double-shelled.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
11 posted on 03/01/2011 7:15:51 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: Red Badger

That would be akin to a gal popping out a 10 lb. baby! I feel that hen’s pain.
; )


12 posted on 03/01/2011 7:16:15 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (Y'all had enough, yet?)
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To: Red Badger

13 posted on 03/01/2011 7:16:23 AM PST by maggief
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To: Utah Binger

Put it in his pocket...........I know what I'd do with it!

14 posted on 03/01/2011 7:16:37 AM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Red Badger
Geez! That's some egg! One of my Rhode Island Reds laid me a 91 gram egg last September, our biggest egg to date, but that's only a 3 oz egg. 4 1/2 ounces is enough to make an omelet to feed 2 people comfortably.




15 posted on 03/01/2011 7:23:26 AM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts)
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To: Red Badger

Wow....Is that Feta Cheese I see oozing out of the fine looking fellow?


16 posted on 03/01/2011 7:29:44 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: ozark hilljilly

I’ve several 10 lb + babies, piece of cake. And I’m not talking c-sections either.


17 posted on 03/01/2011 7:40:16 AM PST by Vor Lady
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To: Ole Okie

If it were allowed to hatch would the chick be exceptionally large also?


18 posted on 03/01/2011 7:50:31 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: Red Badger

“The ‘Ooo-Aaa!’ bird is so called because it lays square eggs.”


19 posted on 03/01/2011 7:54:05 AM PST by Grut
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To: ConorMacNessa; Big Giant Head

We had a huge egg from one of our heavy breeds a couple years ago. My husband cracked it open to fry it, and another whole egg in the shell fell into the pan. Freaked him out. LOL!


20 posted on 03/01/2011 7:54:05 AM PST by Marie Antoinette (Proud Clinton-hater since 1998.)
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To: Marie Antoinette

Did anyone get that email last Thanksgiving about sticking some Cornish game hens in with the stuffing before baking it. Then when they served it claimed they had baked a pregnant mother turkey? It was really funny.


21 posted on 03/01/2011 7:57:51 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: Red Badger

If you want eggs, Australorps are some of the best laying hens ever. We had a dozen of those, and many of them laid two eggs/day. Very hardy chickens that start laying early, and even free range outside, lay all through the winter.


22 posted on 03/01/2011 7:59:09 AM PST by Judith Anne (Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.)
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To: Ole Okie

Or more, possibly. My parent’s friend gave them an egg her hen had laid. The laying of the egg killed the hen. I don’t know how much it weighed, but I’d wager it was quite a bit over four ounces. The egg was a quintuple (yes, five!) yolker.


23 posted on 03/01/2011 8:09:27 AM PST by magslinger (Samuel Colt, feminist. Making women equal to men for over 150 years.)
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To: Red Badger

I once bought a dozen extra large eggs that had 23 yolks. I don’t know why that one egg was defective.


24 posted on 03/01/2011 8:11:31 AM PST by magslinger (Samuel Colt, feminist. Making women equal to men for over 150 years.)
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To: maggief

Seems like that guy should be holding a beer for some reason.


25 posted on 03/01/2011 8:13:16 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Red Badger

Wow, probably the most exciting thing to happen in Van Buren county in probably 50 years. :-D


26 posted on 03/01/2011 8:15:18 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Red Badger

The proud papa.

27 posted on 03/01/2011 8:24:21 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Red Badger

Unnngh!


28 posted on 03/01/2011 8:26:25 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Bean Counter
4 1/2 ounces is enough to make an omelet to feed 2 people comfortably.

Not quite sure where you're getting this.. I usually have a good 4 large eggs in mine ;)
29 posted on 03/01/2011 8:26:35 AM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: Lee'sGhost

LOL, I thought the same thing!


30 posted on 03/01/2011 8:27:53 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Utah Binger

Yes, it’s a Feta compli...........


31 posted on 03/01/2011 8:37:29 AM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Red Badger

Merci!


32 posted on 03/01/2011 8:56:51 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Red Badger

The squawk was heard in three counties.


33 posted on 03/01/2011 9:30:00 AM PST by Johnny B.
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To: Red Badger

Yikes. I hope they gave that hen the rest of the week off. She’s earned it.


34 posted on 03/01/2011 9:37:49 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Red Badger

ping


35 posted on 03/01/2011 10:13:00 AM PST by grb
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To: traderrob6

All her large eggs were double yoked, unfertilized. But had they been fertilized, two chicks would have hatched.


36 posted on 03/01/2011 12:21:23 PM PST by Ole Okie
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To: magslinger

Yikes! I never even saw a three yoker.


37 posted on 03/01/2011 12:22:41 PM PST by Ole Okie
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To: Red Badger; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Ow.


38 posted on 03/03/2011 7:42:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Red Badger; All
I thought you folks might get a kick out of the egg one of my girls laid today...



15 grams! There's probably more shell than egg....


39 posted on 03/08/2011 8:45:25 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!)
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To: Red Badger; a fool in paradise; JoeProBono
Directly from the scene.


40 posted on 03/08/2011 8:47:49 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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