Skip to comments.Iowa chicken lays 4.1-ounce egg
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.
I’m better off for knowing this
I understand he tried to upload a picture of the egg, but it got scrambled.
Wow a Quarter Pounder.
Ding,Ding, we have our daily winner!
A double-yoker, I’ll wager.
I once had a Buff Orphington hen who would produce an oucher occasionally.
I guess the yokes on him, then.
I got a double yolk in an egg just last week!.......storbought, too. I guess the candler was on break that minute...........
That would be akin to a gal popping out a 10 lb. baby! I feel that hen’s pain.
Put it in his pocket...........I know what I'd do with it!
Wow....Is that Feta Cheese I see oozing out of the fine looking fellow?
I’ve several 10 lb + babies, piece of cake. And I’m not talking c-sections either.
If it were allowed to hatch would the chick be exceptionally large also?
“The ‘Ooo-Aaa!’ bird is so called because it lays square eggs.”
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!
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.