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Farmers crack own record with 'world's biggest egg'
Farmer Günther Meyne shows off his huge egg. Photo: DPA.

Farmers crack own record with 'world's biggest egg'

DPA/The Local · 15 Mar 2016, 16:24

Published: 15 Mar 2016 16:23 GMT+01:00
Updated: 15 Mar 2016 16:24 GMT+01:00

A couple in Lower Saxony who farm chickens "as a hobby" were pleasantly surprised a couple weeks ago when they came upon a 184-gram egg in their coop - more than twice the size of an average jumbo chicken egg.

But this week Ingrid and Günther Meyne were amazed to discover an even bigger egg - this one weighing 209 grams and dubbed by DPA news agency to be perhaps the largest egg in the world.

Ingrid and Günther Meyne show off their huge egg. Photo: DPA.

The Natural History Museum of Braunschweig nearby now wants to put the egg on display, said museum scientist André Koch.

So, what is the secret to the oversized ovals? It remains a mystery. The Meynes say they nourish their ten free-range chickens with a normal feed of vegetables and grains.

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The chicken breeders are still not sure which hen plopped out the now famous egg, though the green colour of its shell suggests it came from an "Easter Egger" chicken, according to Koch.

While this egg may not break the Guinness World Record egg - found in the US in 1956, weighing 454 grams - Koch said that it stands out in Germany. He explained that the museum had record of just one other egg similar in stature in the 1900s.

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