Pa. Chicken Lays Enormous Egg

Just in time for Easter, a Lancaster couple thinks their egg is a record-breaker

A Pennsylvania couple thinks their enormous egg is a record-breaker.

Keith and Maryann Frist say an egg laid by Lucy, a Rhode Island Red at their Lancaster County property, weighs in at 140 grams. That's about twice the size of a typical jumbo egg from a grocery store.

Lucy is one of about a dozen chickens the Frists keep as pets, MaryAnn said.

The Frists feed Lucy and Blaze, another of their mature chickens, everything from string cheese to peanut butter to sunflower seeds to table scraps, according to MaryAnn.

"The area that we live in is very agriculturally based and we were sure that they had records here locally," said MaryAnn. "We were surprised to find out that they don't."

Maryann submitted an application to Guinness World Records hoping to have the egg certified as the nation's biggest, she said.

In the meantime the mega egg is being stored in a plastic bag to help retain its moisture and weight, she said.

Lucy could certainly have some competition, though. A West Virginia teen had a chicken egg weighed in at 5.5 ounces last week by the state's Department of Agriculture. That would make it more than 155 grams.

So why did the Frists let the world know about their mega egg?

"We 'promoted' this all in good fun and thought with all that is going on in the world; a feel good story was in order and Lucy served it up nicely," said Maryann.

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