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Dont yolk with us, this hen has laid a cracking big egg

Dont yolk with us, this hen has laid a cracking big egg

  • BIG STUFF: There is not a lot that surprises Bathurst region farmer Justin Dolbel, but this whopper of an egg that his chicken laid sure did raise his eyebrow. Photo: JUSTIN DOLBEL 082418egg3

  • BIG STUFF: There is not a lot that surprises Bathurst region farmer Justin Dolbel, but this whopper of an egg that his chicken laid sure did raise his eyebrow. Photo: JUSTIN DOLBEL 082418egg1

    BIG STUFF: There is not a lot that surprises Bathurst region farmer Justin Dolbel, but this whopper of an egg that his chicken laid sure did raise his eyebrow. Photo: JUSTIN DOLBEL 082418egg1

  • BIG STUFF: Bathurst region farmer Justin Dolbel holding the large chicken egg and a regular size egg. 082418egg4

    BIG STUFF: Bathurst region farmer Justin Dolbel holding the large chicken egg and a regular size egg. 082418egg4

  • BIG STUFF: There is not a lot that surprises Bathurst region farmer Justin Dolbel, but this whopper of an egg that his chicken laid sure did raise his eyebrow. Photo: JUSTIN DOLBEL 082418egg2

    BIG STUFF: There is not a lot that surprises Bathurst region farmer Justin Dolbel, but this whopper of an egg that his chicken laid sure did raise his eyebrow. Photo: JUSTIN DOLBEL 082418egg2

THE big dry has brought many things – big feed costs, big debts, big sales of stock and big crop losses, but its also brought a big egg.

In a tractor load of sad news surrounding the drought, this egg-cellent news has left many people crowing with delight.

Justin Dolbel is among our regions drought-affected farmers, his family-run property is in Gilmandyke south of Bathurst.

Since the drought began, times have been very tough for this dedicated farmer – his cattle are starving, some have died and his familys debt levels just keep rising as they try to keep their remaining stock alive.

Recently, on Mr Dolbels daily pilgrimage out to the chook pen to collect the eggs, he discovered a whopping surprise.

BIG STUFF: Bathurst region farmer Justin Dolbel holding the large chicken egg (on right) and a regular size egg. 082418egg4

BIG STUFF: Bathurst region farmer Justin Dolbel holding the large chicken egg (on right) and a regular size egg. 082418egg4

One of his dedicated layers, an isa brown for those interested, had laid her biggest-ever egg.

“Its eight centimetres long and 17.5 centimetres around,” Mr Dolbel said.

“It weighed 116 grams which is the equivalent of two large eggs.

“They lay every day, but they dont normally lay large eggs like this.”

Mr Dolbel also has ducks on his property and while those eggs would usually out-size a chickens egg, it didnt in this case.

“I put it [the large chicken egg] against that duck egg and its bigger,” he said.

“Ive seen some big eggs, but not that big before.”

So, with thoughts of cakes and pavlova, eggs poached, fried or scrambled – Mr Dolbel has some big decisions to make.

But, for now he said he will keep the giant egg aside and think of a great recipe in which to use it.

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Nyngan Observer

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