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German Hen Lays Near Record Sized Egg

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Chicken farmer Guenther Meyne holding a 'normal' and an unusually large chicken egg in Wolfenbuettel, Germany, on March 2. The egg weighs 184 grams, which is around three times more than usual. Julian Stratenschulte / EPA

Hobby breeders in northern Germany discovered an exceptionally large egg - maybe one of largest chicken eggs in the world. The egg, discovered by Guenther and Ingrid Meyne, weighs in at 6.5 ounces and is three times normal size.

Despite its extreme size, it’s still only the second largest egg on record. According the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest egg was laid in 1956 in Vineland, New Jersey and weighed more than 16 ounces.

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Ingrid and Guenther Meyne holding the large chicken egg in Wolfenbuettel, on March 2. The greenish color in the egg belongs to a certain breed of chickens from South America. Julian Stratenschulte / EPA

Ingrid Meyne, 73, said she does not feed her poultry any special ingredients – only grains and vegetables, according to German news agency DPA.

The owners agreed that they will most likely donate the egg to a museum. The State Natural History Museum in Braunschweig wants to feature it in their egg-exhibition, one of the largest in Germany.