Want giant eggs? Why not give these a crack?
IN THIS age of super-size servings, you expect an upgrade at the takeaway food counter, not in your Percy St hen house.
But for the past three or four months Warwick grandfather Buddy Hicks has been finding extra-large eggs in his chook house laying boxes.
He's not exactly sure which of the backyard hens is responsible for the duck-egg size delivery but he's working to narrow it down.
"The chooks actually belong to my granddaughters Lacey and Indy," he explained.
"We bought two blacks, two reds and two whites from Olsens Produce a while back.
"Then one started laying these extra-large eggs.
"I reckon to do it, she had to stand on her tiptoes, so she's something of a freak chook, and we're on the look-out."
Inside, he said the impressive eggs contain just a single yolk so, apart from their size, there is nothing which sets them apart from their laying-box counterparts.
"They're a pretty handy size when it comes to breakfast. Otherwise, they're normal," Buddy explained. "The kids were excited the first time. We thought it was a one-off but we're used to it now."
If you ask Buddy, feed can't account for the discrepancy in size, although he admits they eat well thanks to some boiled wheat, and the laying mash they buy in.
"These chooks are so quiet they'll sit in Lola, the kids' grandmother's lap, and eat sweet corn. As far as chooks go, they have pretty low stress."