Easter has come early for one Northampton family whose pet chicken has laid an enormous egg.
Mother-of-two, Jaclyn Robson, aged 33, of Links View, went into her chicken coop on Friday evening and found the egg, which is three times the size of a normal one.
Mrs Robson, who lives with her husband, Warren, and their children, six-year old Joshua and Lewis, aged five, has been keeping chickens for just over a year and said she had never seen anything like this before.
The family keeps eight chickens but it was thought to be 18-month-old rare White Sussex hen, Rosie, which laid the egg, which weighs 175 grammes, as opposed to a normal egg of around 50g.
Mrs Robson, who is an administrator at Pitsford School, said: “It was a complete shock to find it. It’s enormous.
“It was on its own. I don’t think the other chickens dared to lay near to it. It’s unbelievable. The chickens have laid big eggs before but nothing like this.”
Mrs Robson took the egg into work to show her colleagues and said her children were really excited about it. She said: “They told their teachers about it on Monday. They were amazed. They are only little so it was great for them.
“It’s so big that it looks like a potato. I don’t know what it will be like inside but I have heard about finding two eggs in one shell so I will have to see if I decide to crack it.”
She added: “I haven’t noticed any difference in Rosie since. The chickens are great. They are funny little things.
“I hope one of them can lay another egg like this.”
Rosie’s egg is not quite big enough to break the Guinness World Record for the largest hen’s egg.
The heaviest egg reported to have been laid by a hen is one of 454g or 16 oz (one pound), with a double yolk and double shell. A Guinness World Record spokesman confirmed it was laid by a White Leghorn hen at Vineland, New Jersey, USA, on February 25, 1956.
Mrs Robson said she would look into the possibility of claiming a place in the UK record books for the egg, but if that fails the family may make an omelette out of it.
She said: “I don’t know what will be inside when I crack it, but I think it will be fine to eat.”