A STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands resident believes his hen has laid the world's smallest chicken egg.
John White, aged 66, of Brown Edge, was shocked to discover the tiny egg when he checked on his 20 bantam chickens at his home in Bank End.
Now John has contacted the Guinness World Records to find out whether the egg – which is 21mm long (0.8in) – is the smallest on record.
The retired lecturer said: "Our chickens are small so the eggs they lay are normally smaller than usual anyway.
"They are normally about two thirds the size of a normal chicken egg. But when my wife came back with this egg I couldn't believe it; it's tiny. It's no bigger than a Malteser and I can easily fit it into a teaspoon. That's how small it is.
"We have had a couple of really small eggs before but this one is the smallest I've ever seen."
The Guinness World Records does not monitor a category for Smallest Chicken Egg but it does have records of the smallest bird egg.
Two specimens measuring less than 10mm and less than 0.0132 oz were laid by a vervain hummingbird in Jamaica.