The super-miniature egg (right) looks much smaller than a common egg (left) and a conventional miniature egg (center). [Photo: China Daily/Shi Zongwei]
The world record for smallest egg might soon be broken after a new discovery in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality.
The chicken egg, which is about two centimeters long and weighs 2.58 grams, was laid on Monday by a Malaysian bantam owned by He Daiyou, a 55-year-old hairdresser from Shapingba District, Chongqing.
The egg, less than half the size of a quail egg, has attracted media attention and surprised the owner.
"The hen started to lay eggs last November, and it has laid about 150 normal eggs. The mini egg really surprised me, " He said on Friday.
"I have looked into ways to declare to the Guinness World Records and I'm ready to give it a try," He added.
He, a lover of cats, dogs and birds, bought the Malaysian bantam last year for 200 yuan (around 32 U.S. dollars). He sells small chickens that the bantam has hatched for between 80 yuan and 150 yuan.
The world's smallest egg, which measures 2.1 centimeters in length and 3.46 grams in weight, is owned by Donnie Russell from West Virginia State, America, according to reports. 1 2