Family get Easter mini-egg with a difference

Tiny egg found in Rougham!''Sonny and Lily Bye with the egg and 'normal' sized one.
Tiny egg found in Rougham!''Sonny and Lily Bye with the egg and 'normal' sized one.

MINI-eggs usually cause excitement at Easter but for one Rougham family a mini-egg received on Good Friday caused eggs-tra fuss.

The Bye family, from Kingshall Street, believe an egg they collected over Easter is so small that it could be a contender for the world’s smallest hen’s egg.

Phil and Helen Bye’s hens produce up to six average-to-large-size eggs each day and their family enjoy collecting them, but when Phil brought in a mini-egg on Friday, he was accused of making a practical joke.

Helen said: “He brought it through and we all thought he was joking – I thought he had stuck a small chocolate egg in with the chickens’ eggs.”

The tiny egg, which is smaller than a 2p coin, created a spectacle for the couple’s children and guests, but it was not until two days later that they considered applying to the Guinness Book of Records to have it registered.

Helen’s aunt, June Jennings, had seen an article in a national newspaper about a record-breaking hen’s egg and called to tell the Bye’s that their egg was smaller.

“It was really exciting, we thought it was odd but we didn’t think it would be a contender for the Guinness Book of Records,” said Helen, who has had difficulty measuring the egg using a ruler and tape measure.

The family have a total of seven hens and one cockerel at their home.