Chicken Lays Egg Weighing Nearly Half a Pound, but Isn't the Biggest Egg Ever

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A giant egg laid by a chicken in China had many wondering if it was the biggest egg ever, but it turns out there was an even bigger one laid by a chicken in England.

The chicken laid the egg, which weighed 8 ounces, in a Chinese farm. It was three times the normal size. Villagers watching the chicken lay the egg were shocked and thought the chicken might be dying.

Miraculously, the chicken survived.

When the villagers cracked the egg, they found an even bigger surprise. It was a double egg, with one egg inside the other.

The owner of the chicken said the large eggs are a product of the chicken’s diet of rice.

Though this egg was quite hefty, Matilda the chicken laid a larger one in England.

In 1896, Matilda laid an egg weighing nearly a pound, according to Guinness World Records.

“The largest hen egg was a five-yolked egg measuring [12.2 inches] around the long axis, [9 inches] around the short and weighing nearly [12 ounces]. It was laid by a Black Minorca at Mr. Stafford’s Damsteads Farm, Mellor, Lancs [England] in 1896,” a spokesman said.

Guinness created a World’s Largest Chicken Egg category and have started seeking eggs that might be bigger. One contender was a chicken that laid an egg the size of a rugby ball, but that egg only weighed 6.2 ounces, so Matilda is still the winner.

Christian Science Monitor, Inquisitr