Bury St Edmunds hen sets new record for world’s smallest chicken egg

Georgia Crouchman with the mini egg. Courtesy of SWNS. ANL-160706-121841001
Georgia Crouchman with the mini egg. Courtesy of SWNS. ANL-160706-121841001
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It’s no yolk - there is a new record for the world’s smallest chicken egg after a hen laid one smaller than a 5p coin.

Georgia Crouchman, 22, from Bury St Edmunds, was collecting eggs from her 20 chickens when she spotted the miniscule egg.

Georgia Crouchman with one of her hens. Courtesy of SWNS. ANL-160706-121829001

Georgia Crouchman with one of her hens. Courtesy of SWNS. ANL-160706-121829001

The shell-shocked animal lover carefully took the tiny egg inside and shone a light through it to confirm it was indeed the real thing.

Georgia, a brewer, measured the teeny egg at just 1.55cm tall - making it the tiniest ever.

It beats one crowned the smallest last year, which was 1.8cm high.

Surprised Georgia said: “I’m not really sure what to do with it.

Georgia Crouchman with her hens. Courtesy of SWNS. ANL-160706-121854001

Georgia Crouchman with her hens. Courtesy of SWNS. ANL-160706-121854001

“I’ve got it in a little washing up container, the little tub you put in the machine, to keep it safe.

“I guess I could make a very small fried egg.”

Georgia, who lives with her parents on a small holding, found the egg on the floor of the coop on Friday, so isn’t sure which hen laid it.

In 2011, an American farmer claimed his hen laid the world’s smallest chicken egg, measuring just 2.1 centimetres in length.

There is a new record for the world's smallest chicken egg after a hen laid one smaller than a 5p coin. Courtesy of SWNS. ANL-160706-121908001

There is a new record for the world's smallest chicken egg after a hen laid one smaller than a 5p coin. Courtesy of SWNS. ANL-160706-121908001

But that was beaten in 2014 by an egg one millimetre smaller in size, laid in Somerset by a hen called Muffin.

Then a perfectly-formed egg found by Shannon Hayes, 12, from Capel Iwan, Carmarthenshire, last year took the record at just 1.8 centimetres in length.

But now Georgia’s is two-and-a-half millimetres smaller.

It's no yolk - there is a new record for the world's smallest chicken egg after a hen laid one smaller than a 5p coin. Courtesy of SWNS. ANL-160706-121921001

It's no yolk - there is a new record for the world's smallest chicken egg after a hen laid one smaller than a 5p coin. Courtesy of SWNS. ANL-160706-121921001