A family were egg-static after their chicken set a new world record by laying fourteen eggs – in one day.
The heavyweight hen – called Sarah – produced more than a dozen of her own eggs in just over two hours.
Owner Debbie Armstrong, of Newquay, Cornwall, says the bird has only ever previously laid one each morning.
But last week the plucky chicken produced 14 eggs in a day – which experts say is a world record.
Debbie said: ”It was over two hours that she laid fourteen eggs. She laid one when I was holding her.
”I couldn’t believe it. I researched it on line and found most chickens only lay one or two a day. So this is a lot more than that.
”I’m just glad she hasn’t died. I was getting increasingly worried about her as she had been acting broody lately.
”But since she laid the 14 eggs, she seems a little more happy.
”I’ve spoken to farmers who have all said they haven’t heard a chicken laying that many eggs in such a short space of time.
”Others farmers think she could be worth a lot of money.”
The hen is owned by Debbie and her son Toby, eight, who helped collect the eggs.
Debbie said: ”Toby had some friends over at the time. The eggs kept coming again and again.”
Andrew Pooley, secretary of the caged bird society at the Royal Cornwall Show, said hens normally only lay one or two eggs a day.
He said: ”I’ve heard chickens that lay two in a day – one in the morning and one at night – but never 14. The shells need time to develop.”