Bed and breakfast owner left shell-shocked by tiny hen's egg

The Northern Echo: Paul Rae, 52, from Wallwick Farm House B&B in Northumberland, who reckons he has found the world's smallest hen's egg Paul Rae, 52, from Wallwick Farm House B&B in Northumberland, who reckons he has found the world's smallest hen's egg

A BED and breakfast owner who reckons he has found the world's smallest hens' egg confessed he took it in his pocket to show his pals at the pub.

Paul Rae, 52, found the 20p piece-sized egg on Sunday morning alongside three normal-sized ones in his henhouse at the business he runs with wife Margaret in Humshaugh, Northumberland.

He is hoping to get confirmation that his is the smallest egg, beating a previous claim which weighed 7.3g, as his is just 5g, 2.5cm high and 2cm across.

Mr Rae, a former catering manager on oil rigs, said: "After I found it I had a quick look online then I took it to the pub.

"I carried it in my pocket.

"My friends said I should get in touch with the Guinness Book of Records."

The couple, who run a restaurant and bed and breakfast from picturesque 200-year-old Walwick Farm, have no idea which of their four Lohmann Brown hens laid the minuscule egg.

"It is very rare," Mr Rae said.

"They have been laying normal eggs and then all of a sudden this tiny one came out.

"I have no idea about the reason.

"It is a perfect egg with a lovely strong shell.

"I don't carry it in my pocket now, its wrapped in cotton wool at the minute."

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7:09pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Little owl says...

Its not rare at all he needs to stick to what he knows best. Granted it is a suprise when a hen lays a little egg but Ive had loads from mine and some were a lot smaller than that. It is either a first egg laid by a pullet or possibly a last egg before the hen either goes in to moult or is about to have a rest for a while. If its a world record then the ones i have beat it into a cocked hat.
Its not rare at all he needs to stick to what he knows best. Granted it is a suprise when a hen lays a little egg but Ive had loads from mine and some were a lot smaller than that. It is either a first egg laid by a pullet or possibly a last egg before the hen either goes in to moult or is about to have a rest for a while. If its a world record then the ones i have beat it into a cocked hat. Little owl
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8:28pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Daza says...

Little owl wrote:
Its not rare at all he needs to stick to what he knows best. Granted it is a suprise when a hen lays a little egg but Ive had loads from mine and some were a lot smaller than that. It is either a first egg laid by a pullet or possibly a last egg before the hen either goes in to moult or is about to have a rest for a while. If its a world record then the ones i have beat it into a cocked hat.
Great story N. Echo!


Keep up the first class reporting!
[quote][p][bold]Little owl[/bold] wrote: Its not rare at all he needs to stick to what he knows best. Granted it is a suprise when a hen lays a little egg but Ive had loads from mine and some were a lot smaller than that. It is either a first egg laid by a pullet or possibly a last egg before the hen either goes in to moult or is about to have a rest for a while. If its a world record then the ones i have beat it into a cocked hat.[/p][/quote]Great story N. Echo! Keep up the first class reporting! Daza
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12:24pm Thu 29 Nov 12

thinkwhy says...

like the last person said, its not rear hens lay eggs small or big all the time, they will even lay coloured eggs or eggs with no shell, i also have had hens lay small eggs and i also had one lay a blue egg whitch only happend three or four times, i keeped 800 hens, there feed also has a lot to do with the eggs they lay and the taist,
like the last person said, its not rear hens lay eggs small or big all the time, they will even lay coloured eggs or eggs with no shell, i also have had hens lay small eggs and i also had one lay a blue egg whitch only happend three or four times, i keeped 800 hens, there feed also has a lot to do with the eggs they lay and the taist, thinkwhy
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