'Eggstraordinary' Longford find could be record breaker

It could well be a case that the world's biggest hen egg has been laid in Aughadowry, Ballinamuck. Cian Thomas (9) collected his eggs as usual from the family hen pen on Tuesday of last week, only to find that one of his hens had laid a gigantic egg.

It could well be a case that the world's biggest hen egg has been laid in Aughadowry, Ballinamuck. Cian Thomas (9) collected his eggs as usual from the family hen pen on Tuesday of last week, only to find that one of his hens had laid a gigantic egg.

When his father and mother, David and Jacqueline, measured the egg, they found it to be 9.4cm in height, approximately the same size as the world's largest hen egg recorded in China in 2009. The Chinese egg was recorded at 9.4cm in height and weighing 198 grammes.

"Our egg is weighing 200 grammes but that's not on a digital scales," said Jacqueline Quinn Thomas. "The egg was laid on Tuesday (of last week). We have two types of hens. A White Sussex, who is one year old, and a Rhodes Island Red, which is two years old. We've had them for two years. They are domestic hens and just something for the kids really."

For the Thomas family, the large egg has come as a huge surprise.

"Cian couldn't believe it when he found it that morning. He couldn't wait to show it to everyone. No-one believed it. He wanted to look up the egg on the internet as he really believed we could have the biggest egg in Ireland! Then we found out that it was bigger than the Chinese egg."

Speaking to the Leader, Jacqueline pointed out that the family's hens have not produced outstanding eggs previously.

"In the past our hens have had double yolks but nothing to the size of this one," said Jacqueline. "They only eat normal scraps such as potato skins, food waste and Layers pellets."

The Thomas family have been living in Aughadowry for four years, having moved from England to live near family and friends in the area. David and Jacqueline have three sons Cian, Auley (7) and Finbar (2).