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Shell-shocked Colin finds a small egg inside an egg

09:25 07 February 2014

Colin Squire found an egg within an egg.

Colin Squire found an egg within an egg.

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When Colin Squire decided to make batter for pancakes on Sunday morning he ended up with two eggs for the price of one.

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As the 62-year-old from Earsham, near Bungay, cracked open a large free range egg he was astonished to find a smaller perfectly formed egg nestled inside the remaining shell.

He immediately called Lesley Earl at A H Renaut and Sons, the farm in Redenhall where he bought the box of six to tell her of his find.

He said: “I’ve been going there for about 20 years to buy my eggs as you often get double yolks.

“When I cracked open an egg to make pancakes, I could not believe what came out.

“Everyone I have spoken to said they hadn’t seen it before. It just intrigues me as to how it has been formed.”

Despite vowing to keep the small egg intact Mr Squire accidentally dropped it on the kitchen floor, which revealed another surprise – neither of the eggs contained a yolk.

Ms Earl, whose partner John Renaut runs the farm said: “I have had one myself. I cracked open a large egg and there was just white inside with another egg that had white and a yolk. But I haven’t seen one with no yolk at all.

“We have 16,000 free range hens, who on average produce an egg a day and we have small, medium, large, extra large and jumbo eggs, so this is rather unusual.”

An egg within an egg is considered to be rather rare and there a number of theories as to why it happens.

Some have claimed that it happens when an egg that is nearly ready to be laid reverses direction and gets a new layer of albumen, which is then covered by a second shell.

An expert from the National History Museum said the most likely theory was that the normal rhythmic muscular action that moves a developing egg down the oviduct malfunctions in some way.

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