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#72746 - 10/05/06 05:21 PM HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
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Hello, I haven't gone home yet, but my dad told me he got an egg from our Australorp birds today. He literally watched her lay it. She has been laying everyday since she began laying around 7 months old. Anyway, the egg covers the palm of his hand. He said it was as large, if not bigger than our African Goose eggs. You don't think she'll continue laying these size eggs right? I mean, that HAD to hurt. I will take pictures comparing it to other eggs as soon as I get home and post them on here! I can't wait to see it!

Mikaela

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#72747 - 10/06/06 09:59 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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Probably a multi-yolk "oops" egg...which is pretty normal (especially for a young bird) to lay occasionally. I had a buff Orpington pullet lay a butt-buster egg (literally LOL)- it had FOUR yolks inside (2 'normal' size, 2 dinky). I felt sorry for her, as the egg had blood streaks on it and it obviously *had* to be painful to lay.

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#72748 - 10/06/06 05:22 PM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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I don't know what "normal" range would be in the weight of an egg and I suspect that shell density could infuence the weight a fraction too, But I have a Silver laced wyandotte in her second year of lay that has always layed big eggs, though not double yolkers. Even as a pullet her eggs were much bigger than I would call normal. I have just weighed some on my kitchen scales although I can't vouch for how accurate they are. Hers weigh in at 3oz. my other hens eggs are between 2.25oz and 2.5oz. What do the rest of you consider about normal?

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#72749 - 10/06/06 05:23 PM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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oh wow, four yolks!!?? ow!!! lol the most ive had is two. i doubt this will be a regular thing, mikaela. mine sometimes lay monster eggs when theyre young too. its kinda fun to guess if its a double yolker or not wink

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#72750 - 10/06/06 09:39 PM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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Hi Foehn,

Since each bird is an individual, I generally go by what's "normal" for the different hens (I can almost always ID who laid which egg by appearance). Some ladies just lay larger eggs LOL (btw second-year hens do tend to lay much larger eggs than first year birds).

The biggest egg I've seen was that quadruple-yolk monstrosity (nearly 8 inches long- ow ow ow makes ME ache thinking about it) and the smallest was a strange first pullet egg out of an EE mutt @ about 14 weeks. It had a yolk, but was barely bigger than my thumbnail (I still have the egg- I blew it out and saved it).

Nowadays, since I've got OEGBs and ducks, I call anything that an egg carton will comfortably enclose as "normal".

Interestingly enough, I've only seen ONE double-yolk duck egg...for some reason, ducks don't seem to be as prone to multi-yolk "oopses" as chickens do.

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#72751 - 10/07/06 02:28 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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Thanks Molly K, I have two of those "fairy eggs" they are both a very dark brown and I think one was from my RIR pullet (her very first egg) and the other from an older RIR hen which featured as a question on a previous post. I still have both mine too although I never got round to blowing them. They are about the size of an average macadamia nut. I think my SLWs large eggs would sell as "jumbo" in the shops. I have one of her daughters in first year lay and her eggs are "normal"

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#72752 - 10/09/06 02:46 PM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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Alright! I've got the pics! Dad said she laid it in 2 seconds. She got on the nest, he was gathering eggs so he shooed her off, then she squatted down and laid the egg. She looked at it...did a semicircle...then looked at it again...then made a cooing sound, turned around...then gave it one last good look and walked away! Here's the pics! I couldn't even close my fingers around it! It looks to be a quadruple as well! We were going to eat it, but decided to see what the Guiness book of records had as the largest egg laid by a chicken...now if only I can find the info!





I measured, and the egg, by ruler, is 2 inches across by 3 inches long! WOW! Amazing for our smallest birds on the farm!

Mikaela

When I candled the egg, the air cells just moved along with the egg. I counted six different air cells moving around...but I'm not gonna hold my breath! lol!

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#72753 - 10/10/06 07:20 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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If you hatch these do they hatch "Siamese twin fowl" ? eek

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#72754 - 10/10/06 07:52 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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I won't be hatching the large egg. I'm afraid they would hatch out that way, and personally, I don't want to have to dispatch them. I don't really think the embryos would survive to hatch. So many things can go wrong with a normal egg. Doubtless even more problems in an egg that size!

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#72755 - 10/10/06 11:25 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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Yikes ! Ouchers ! That made me cringe even thinking about popping that whopper out ! Well done to your bird !

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#72756 - 10/11/06 12:25 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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Had a look at the Guinness book of records books in our library today, but they don't give any record for poultry eggs specifically. Just the largest egg (ostrich)against the smallest (Hummingbird) Perhaps your big egg is worth getting in touch with Guinness records about.

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#72757 - 10/11/06 06:38 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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lol! That would be awesome! Do you know how to contact them?

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#72758 - 10/11/06 11:09 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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FYI:
Found this:


The largest single chicken egg ever laid weighed a pound with a double yolk and double shell

http://www.goodegg.com/trivia.html

Not sure where they got that info though.

Scott

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#72759 - 10/11/06 11:34 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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Good Evening Mikaela,

Quote:
Do you know how to contact them?
Hope it helps, it´s from their HP, i think the department will be: “Records Management Team”:
Guinness World Records Limited
184-192 Drummond Street
3rd Floor
London NW1 3HP
United Kingdom

Funny, your pic…
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…reminds me of our first double-yolker, it had exactly the same size (3” equals 7.62cm) like your´s:

(direct link: http://www.krassesrudel.at/forumbilder/slides/bertariesenei1.jpg )

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If you hatch these do they hatch "Siamese twin fowl" ?
I don´t think hatchability will be high with multiple-yolkers. But I have read here at The Coop from positive hatchlings, so it is possible;-) Here´s my guess: Mabye it´s so seldom because the proportions of yolk and egg-white don´t fit? We once weighted a double-yolker and it only had 112 grams. A “normal” egg from the same hen is around 63 grams. This difference (14 grams) makes me think that something is “missing”, see what I mean? But maybe the weight of the shell is the lacking difference? I don´t know, i´m just thinking out loud;-)

Best greetings,

Joachim

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#72760 - 10/11/06 11:38 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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I had one week before last that weighed 103g where my normal is 50/53. I was hoping it was a triple yolk, but just a double.

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#72761 - 10/11/06 11:51 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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I'm not sure I entirely agree with the website. Not all brown egg-layers have dark colored (red) feathers. Not all white birds lay white eggs. Last time I checked, there were more than 200 breeds. I'm not sure the source is entirely correct. I'm sure alot of the stuff on there is true, but some of the info is a little off. Thanks for the site though! It was interesting. I will have dad weigh it later today to see how much it weighs.

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#72762 - 10/11/06 02:23 PM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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Wow, Mikaela, good job by your Australorp! Keep that up and you can cut the number of hens you keep in half. laugh
Molly - thanks for the info on the "fairy eggs." We found one of the Ameraucanas inspecting a tiny little khaki-colored egg the other day and were wondering if she could have laid it. Now, I know that it's possible. The mini-egg is about the size of a small pecan.

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#72763 - 10/16/06 02:17 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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So, just to brag about my small egg, here's a photo of my first "fairy" egg Foehn

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#72764 - 10/16/06 05:48 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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Foehn- we can market them as "bite-size." Now, if we can just get little bitty cartons . . . laugh

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#72765 - 10/16/06 09:36 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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How cute! Are bantam eggs around the same size? I've never seen a bantam egg up close? I know...I know...I'm missing out! Hey, does anyone know how much it costs to send a letter outside of the country? I'm lucky if I can figure out how to send snail mail anymore...with the great legacy that is the internet and all..

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#72766 - 10/16/06 03:25 PM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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I think it depends on the country, Mikaela. Go to http://ircalc.usps.gov/ and you can calculate the amount due for sending those snails. laugh

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#72767 - 10/16/06 06:12 PM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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I just registered with Guinness Records (no cost membership) and was able to send the possible world record via the internet. It said it should take 4-6 weeks..(UG!) Otherwise, the FAST one would only take 3 days, but costed 250euros...I decided to wait...plus, I have pictures, so definately got documentation. We're going to weigh the egg at the post office (very sensitive scale) and measure it with a tape measure both length and width wise. Does that sound like a safe plan? If I took pictures of each example...and if the egg went bad (doubt it as we have eggs MUCH older than that in the fridge) do you think they'd still accept it? Then again, it may not even be accepted as a record account.

Twin Oaks! Thanks for the link! I found that it would take $.74 to send it to the UK. Would I have been able to send it with postage stamps, or is there another thing I would have had to do to send it to the UK? They have some VERY odd restrictions on what you can send there...funny too!

Mikaela

p.s. remeasured the egg. Total length from bottom to top back to bottom of the otherside the total length is: 8 and 7/16 inches (21.5cm)
total width from all around was: 6 and 7/8 inches (17.5 cm) and the weight was 5 oz (102g). I was amazed...although I'm a little sad about the weight...

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#72768 - 10/16/06 07:20 PM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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Hmmm, other than actually going to or calling the post office for your answer about restrictions, I'm pretty sure if you walk through the process online to print a label, you'll end up with a screen that tells you the restrictions. I just did it the other day for shipping a box to Canada. It's probably a lot quicker to call the post office - unless yours is gossip central, like mine. LOL!

Keep us posted, Mikaela!

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#72769 - 10/16/06 09:31 PM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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You probably won't have to send the actual egg as long as you get a notary, or Justice of the peace (JP) or whatever you have over there to verify your measurements etc.

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#72770 - 11/17/06 01:11 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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Now I just have to brag about my second "Fairy Egg" Mikaela I wonder if there is a guiness record for the smallest hen egg? On right of picture is the first one again. Compare it with the one on left which is the latest. Second "Fairy Egg" How are you getting on with them over your huge egg?

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#72771 - 11/17/06 08:55 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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Can you take a shot with a ruler? I think I have one smaller and I'll try to do the same.

250 EUROS??? My GOD! Hard to imagine caring that much. I'm just happy they live through it and still lay, HA!

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#72772 - 11/17/06 02:23 PM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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There's a slight depth of field distortion that makes the egg look bigger than it is in this photo. That's why I tend to favour using a standard object like a matchbox which has a more compatible depth of field. Its actual length is 15/16 of an inch long, and 3/4 of an inch wide. Fairy egg 2 and then, With standard egg There will be a similar depth of field distortion for the standard egg too.

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#72773 - 01/24/09 01:49 AM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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I thought it time to revisit this post, having come across this news item Large egg Unfortunately they haven't got its weight, but Jrsy, you might just have lost your record!.

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#72774 - 01/24/09 02:38 PM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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haha! I never had it...the largest egg ever laid was 105g. DARN THEM!!!

Foehn, sorry I hadn't seen this before, but were you saying my photos were disproportionate? I thought having the egg carton and ruler would help in seeing the actual size of it??

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#72775 - 01/24/09 02:52 PM Re: HUGE EGG!!! (pics added!)
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Just thought I'd post this...

This is a video about an egg that was incubated with double yolks. The chicks LIVED! lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ZeEY-kt7A

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