Chicken Lays 4.5-ounce Egg

IPSWICH, England, Feb. 24 (UPI) — The British owners of a young chicken said the hen’s fourth-ever egg weighs in at more than six times the average weight.

Mark Cornish, 36, of Ipswich, England, and partner Denise Bartram, 42, said Matilda the hen, one of four kept by the couple in their garden, laid a monster egg weighing 4.2 ounces and measuring more than 8 inches in circumference, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.


Cornish said hens typically lay eggs weighing about 0.7 ounces and measuring 5.5 inches in circumference.

“It’s only the fourth egg Matilda’s ever laid and her first in two weeks. She must have been saving up for it,” Cornish said. “My eyes almost popped out of my head when I first saw it. We might have to see about entering her in the record books.

“It’s just ridiculous to look at — anyone would think it was a goose egg, it’s that big,” he said. “My first thought was whether Matilda was OK after laying such a huge egg but she seems completely nonplussed by it all.”

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