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Friday, 15 April 2011

Bizarre egg oddities

Easter is fast approaching, and eggs have been a traditional symbol of the holiday for thousands of years. But what about unusual eggs and egg oddities?


As you can see in the video, the whole, un-cracked egg is much larger and heavier than a regular-sized egg, and when opened - as well as its own yolk and white - it also reveals a ‘hidden’ egg inside, which is also then cracked to reveal a yolk and a white.

According to Richard Kempsey, Farms Director at Clarence Court, this is a rare occurrence, but can be down to an upset in the hen’s ovulation sequence or as a result of a shock.
He explains: “The hen’s egg takes around 20 hours to complete its journey down the oviduct. The eggshell is formed round the egg in the last quarter of the oviduct. Very rarely the complete egg becomes stationary in the oviduct where a young hen gets its sequence wrong or suffers a shock. A complete new shell is then formed around the already complete egg resulting in an ‘egg within an egg’”.

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