Eggs Inside of an Egg

One of our readers recently sent us some photos and told a strange tale. We wanted to share it so that we could find out if this has happened to anyone else.

Wanda and her husband live on a hobby farm with two flocks – one to provide eggs and pets and one to provide meat. They have both bantams and standard sized chickens and both brown and white egg layers. She says that usually her dark brown eggs are larger, but that one day she found a small one.

Wanda has a variety of breeds and isn’t sure which hen laid the small, dark egg. She didn’t think much about it, though, and boiled it along with the rest of her bantam eggs.

She often has boiled eggs for breakfast at work, and took the small brown one with her to eat. As she peeled it, she noticed some odd shadowing at one end. Curious, she kept peeling and found it wasn’t as shadow at all! It was another egg, complete with a shell!

Most people have seen double yolked eggs, but how many people have seen a fully formed egg inside of another egg? A little research reveals that this happens when an egg reverses direction with in the chicken before it is laid. It is such a rare occurrence that scientists aren’t sure why it happens.

There are several videos on YouTube of people cracking open especially large eggs to reveal another egg within, but none that are especially small as Wanda’s was.

Wanda is curious. Has this happened to any of our other readers? If so, was the outer egg larger or smaller than most of your other eggs? We would love to hear any egg inside another egg stories you might have!