Roger Handley isn’t cracking a yolk when he claims to have the world’s smallest chicken egg.
The tiny egg measures just 27mm by 17mm – slightly larger than a 1p piece.
It was laid in the henhouse of his home in Bunkers Hill, Romiley, Stockport.
Roger said he has no idea which of his brood of seven hens laid the egg in the nesting box.
But he admitted the tiny surprise had left him speechless.
Roger said: “It’s quite unbelievable just how small the egg is.
“I reckon it is the size of my thumbnail. I don’t think I am going to bother cracking it open – there wouldn’t be enough there to feed a fly.”
Mr Handley, who has been keeping chickens for almost a year, said it wasn’t the only time he has had a small egg.
He added: “I started with the chickens in my back garden last May, and then in autumn I found a small egg, which was not as small as this one, but it had the same purple coloured shell.”
There is currently no separate Guinness World Records entry for the smallest-ever chicken egg.
A spokeswoman for the organisation said it currently only recorded the smallest bird eggs – which were laid by Vervain hummingbirds in the Caribbean.
She said: “Two specimens measuring less than 10mm in length weighed 0.365g and 0.375g.”
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