Kentucky Woman Cracks Up as She Finds Egg Within Giant Egg

A Kentucky woman was shocked to find an egg within a larger egg that had been laid by her pet hen, with footage of the peculiar find posted to Facebook on May 3.

Johnna Thornberry of West Liberty, Kentucky, filmed as her sister-in-law cracked the large egg, with both audibly delighted as the smaller egg was found inside.

Speaking to Storyful, Thornberry said she had “never seen anything like this”. She added, “I was in shock and couldn’t believe that my hen just laid that big of an egg.”

Thornberry added that when holding the larger egg, “you could literally feel” the other egg inside. She said she and her sister-in-law were “shocked and super excited and so blessed” at being able to experience the moment and capture it on camera.

Sharing the video as well as an image of the giant egg compared to regular-sized eggs to Facebook, Thornberry added, “my poor hen is finally doing better”.

A Canadian hobby farmer found two similar eggs back in 2018.

A CBC report at the time noted that the phenomenon occurs thanks to counter-peristalsis contraction. According to Backyard Poultry, this is when “a second oocyte is released by the ovary before the first egg has completely traveled through the oviduct and been laid.” Credit: Johnna Thornberry via Storyful

Video transcript

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Oh, it cracked really easy.

[BABY BABBLING]

- [SCREAMS]

- Ah, there's a egg inside of an egg.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- So cool.

- [INAUDIBLE] can I crack that one?

- Get away.

- That is awesome.

- A egg inside?

- Oh, my gosh.

- I bet there's another egg. [GASPS]

- Let's see if there's another egg.

- Oh, [INAUDIBLE]

- Oh, my. [INAUDIBLE]

- [INAUDIBLE] hard. I knew it was hard.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Just a regular egg.

- Oh, my goodness.

- Oh, my gosh.

- That egg was so cool.

- Awesome.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Oh, it cracked really easy.

[BABY BABBLING]

- [SCREAMS]

- Ah, there's a egg inside of an egg.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- So cool.

- [INAUDIBLE], can I crack that one?

- Get away.

- That is awesome.

- A egg inside?

- Oh, my gosh.

- I bet there's another egg. [GASPS]

- Let's see if there's another egg.

- Oh, [INAUDIBLE]

- Oh, my.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- [INAUDIBLE] hard. I knew it was hard.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Just a regular egg.

- Oh, my goodness.

- Oh, my gosh.

- That egg is so cool.

- Awesome.

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