SNOWY the hen certainly got feathers flying in Huddersfield.
The Suffolk bird owned by six-year-old Rhienna Kitt stunned everyone with her latest delivery.
For the egg she laid yesterday morning turned out to be a whopping 100 grams – more than twice as big as a normal egg.
It was a big surprise for Rhienna and her family, who have nursed Snowy back from the brink of death.
She got out of the family garden in Lower Cumberworth and was knocked down by a car in the road outside the house.
Rhienna, her mum Zoe and dad Neville spent a week nursing Snowy back to health in the family kitchen, but she’s now happily settled back with her chums, Specky and Daisy.
The three hens belong to Rhienna, who is a pupil at Skelmanthorpe First and Nursery School.
She was helped collecting the eggs yesterday morning by her grandad, Geoff Atkinson, when they found the monster in Snowy’s roost.
Mum Zoe said: “We have three different types of hen and they all lay different types of egg.
“Snowy usually has white eggs, so we know which are hers, but this one is a real monster.
“It’s far bigger than the average eggs and I compared it to a Conference pear.
“They say hens lay better when they are happy and these certainly seem to be happy.
“But this one must have been quite a shock for Snowy.
“She was lucky to survive the accident, but she has been laying every day for the past few weeks. We got all three from Hinchliffe’s Farm at Netherton before they had the terrible fire and they roam around our garden all day long.
“There is nothing special about their diet. We feed them standard chicken corn and pellets, but of course they can pick up stuff in the garden.
“We haven’t yet decided what to do with the egg, but it may be nice to have it blown so that Rhienna can paint it up for Easter.”
A spokesman for the British Egg Industry Council said: “Certainly a 100g egg is very large.
“From a grading point of view, anything over 73g is deemed to be very large, so this is certainly a very big egg.
“It’s probably something biological which brought it about, perhaps to do with the age of the hen.”
The largest egg recorded in the Guinness Book of Records weighed in at 176g.