When an Australian farmer went to pick up his chickens’ daily eggs, he had the shock of his life.
Three times the size of a typical egg and weighing 6.2 ounces, a huge egg had been deposited by one of his chickens.
A free-range chicken at Stockman’s Eggs on the Atherton Tablelands in north Queensland lay the babushka egg.
The company’s owner, Scott Stockman, shared a picture of the amazing find he and his employees found at the farm.
It appears rather strange when compared to an ordinary-sized egg, but what was maybe even stranger was what they discovered after they opened the egg.
There was another egg, properly developed, within the egg.
“Having two perfectly formed eggs together is just incredible,” Scott said to ABC News Australia.
It was the first of its kind, according to a veterinary sciences expert from Charles Sturt University.
According to Associate Professor Raf Freire, the hen must have normally developed an egg but for some reason chose not to deposit it.
He told ABC News, “Then the following day, instead of that egg being laid, like it usually is, what’s happened is that another ovum has been released.”
That has fallen, and the chicken has inexplicably chosen to form a shell around both the egg from the day before and the just fallen ovum.
Although the experts said that eating the egg would have been safe, Scott told ABC News that they receive 50,000 eggs per day and thus “didn’t bother eating it.”