Tiny egg may lay claim to be­ing small­est on record

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

A Boul­der County woman be­lieves one of her chick­ens has laid the small­est egg in recorded world his­tory.

The egg is so small, in fact, that when Sarah Wise first col­lected it from the nest­ing area of her home near Louisville, she thought one of her chick­ens had passed a kid­ney stone.

Af­ter fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion, though, it turned out the blue-ish spec­i­men was in­deed a real egg.

And now that she has mea­sured the thing — it’s 1.7 cen­time­ters long, ac­cord­ing to a dig­i­tal caliper (about two-thirds of an inch) — Wise be­lieves the egg may qual­ify with the World Record Academy.

The cur­rent record is 2.1 cen­time­ters, and it was set in 2011 by a hen be­long­ing to Rev. Don­nie Rus­sell of West Vir­ginia.

“We thank the good Lord above for this be­ing a West Vir­ginia egg,” he said at the time.

If ac­cepted by the academy, Wise’s egg would shat­ter that record, and the cur­rent Guin­ness record of 2.7 cen­time­ters.

That this egg might be des­tined for such great­ness didn’t dawn on Wise ini­tially.

“Some folks with big flocks might see tiny eggs reg­u­larly and not think much of it,” she said. “We didn’t at first — not un­til we re­al­ized there was a record for such a silly thing.”

Wise’s fam­ily keeps a small flock of seven chick­ens at their home in the un­in­cor­po­rated county. They haven’t named them, ex­cept in the cases of two hens called Tiny and Easter Eg­ger.

Tiny is no longer with the fam­ily, as she was killed by an owl.

Wise says she’s not sure which chicken laid the soon-to-be fa­mous egg.

Cour­tesy of Sarah Wise

Sarah Wise thinks she has a can­di­date for the world's small­est chicken egg at 1.7 cen­time­ters long.

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