25 million to one! Chicken at Hockwold farm lays triple yolk egg
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A family of farmers were treated to an eggstraordinary surprise after discovering a triple yolk egg among their weekend batch.
Charlie Guy and his daughters were preparing breakfast when they stumbled upon the golden find, which has odds of 25 million to one - meaning you're more than twice as likely to become a millionaire playing the Lottery.
It was 17-year-old Megan Watkins who cracked the miraculous egg in her sister Amy Guy's kitchen at Feltwell Golf Club on Saturday.
Mr Guy said he was at the sink peeling potatoes when his daughter turned to him and said the egg she was frying had three yolks.
'Megan showed me, and straight away I told her not to move and to stop cooking the egg – it was everyone to panic stations,' he said.
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'It's Amy's kitchen, but she had taken her first day off in about three years.
'The hens only started laying about a week ago. It was the first shock we've had from them.'
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The egg was laid by one of 50 chickens at the family-run Island Farm, in Hockwold. Among the batch of seven eggs, Megan and her sister Cerys also cracked four double yolk eggs – the odds of finding these are 1,000 to one.
The 23-week-old pullets, a hybrid breed called Bovan Browns, are expected to lay one egg a day for 300 to 400 days. While it is more common for young hens to lay multi-yolk eggs, the occurrence of so many in one batch was unprecedented.
The farm recently made the news after one of its pigs gave birth to a bumper litter of 17 piglets.
Mr Guy said: 'Island Farm seems to be over-productive recently.
'We were hoping to sell some of the hens, but now I'm feeling a bit more reluctant about it!'
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