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Posted on May 10, 2015 in Blog, Nature | 0 comments

The Curious Case of the Tiny Egg

The Curious Case of the Tiny Egg

Her name is Becky, an ordinary hen in an ordinary household in Dudley, a town located in the West Midlands, about 8 miles away from Birmingham, England. Her story is simple: Becky has been laying for around nice months with nothing special worth noticing until the appearance of a tiny little egg, a shocking discovery for her owner, Tony Sutton, aged 71. He discovered this special egg between two regular sized ones. He picked it up and carried it into the house to show it to his wife who was just as shocked as he was.

The unbelievably small egg is the size of a 20 pence piece, a real miniature. It’s easy to imagine the tiny egg didn’t get cooked. Mr. Sutton decided to keep it as safe as possible, well wrapped in the family’s fridge, with no intention of cracking it open or getting rid of it.

The curious case started after Becky laid this egg: she has hot laid again since this miniature egg. Something happened to her, at a mental level or physiological. Her owner still waits for Becky to recover with lot of patience. He has been breeding both chickens and birds for more than two decades so he knows how to deal with this kind of birds but not this kind of situation. Becky, who is about two and a half years, looks fine for now and in good shape and she will have a safe life from now on, who knows what surprises she might offer to her owners.

The tiny egg could also be a case for the Guinness Book of World Records but apparently they don’t collect records of the worlds smallest egg laid by a hen. Anyway, Mr. Sutton is afraid of measuring Becky’s egg, being scared of accidentally breaking it.

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