A farmer on the NSW North Coast has found a round egg on his poultry farm, claiming the chances he would make such a find were “one-in-a-billion”.
Appearing on Sunrise on Wednesday, Fabian Fabbro, of Woodland Valley Farm, revealed the exciting find, saying he has 4500 hens, who have produced more than one million eggs, but he has never found a round one.
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Chicken eggs, of course, are usually more oval-shaped.
“We can definitely say it’s (a) one-in-a-million (discovery) — but doing a bit of googling — it’s one-in-a-billion,” a clearly excited Fabian told Sunrise.
NSW Farmer Fabian Fabbro appeared on Sunrise on Wednesday, revealing he found a round egg on his poultry farm. Credit: Seven
The “one-in-a-billion,” figure hasn’t been verified, but has been repeated in a number of news reports about round eggs. Egg shapes can vary for a multitude of reasons, including age, diet, and illness.
The farmer admitted he wasn’t sure which of his hens laid the egg.
Inquisitive host Nat Barr questioned Fabian on whether the round egg would have been difficult for the hen to lay, however he offered assurances the hen would have been fine.
“Definitely not — it is quite a small egg in comparison to some of the eggs that the hens do lay,” he said.
“It doesn’t have a pointy end on it to help the girls pop it out, but that’s not the purpose of the pointy end. It is quite small and it would have just popped straight out.”
Fabian revealed his plans for the egg, admitting he wanted to raise money for charity, with round eggs commanding a higher price than their more common oval-shaped counterparts.
Speaking to the ABC on Tuesday, Fabian revealed it was his partner Jodie who discovered the egg wasn’t perfectly round after bringing out the measuring tools.
“Jodie, my partner, put it on the vernier calipers and it was a couple of millimetres out of being geometrically perfect,” Fabbro said.
“But looking at the other couple of eggs that have been posted online, it does look more spherical than them, that’s for sure.”
In August 2022, a UK woman revealed her chicken, Twinskie, laid a perfectly round egg, which she later attempted to sell on eBay.
The last known bid for the egg was £13 ($25), but the page has since been removed.