RSPCA Assured hens lay square eggs

RSPCA Assured hens lay square eggs

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Square eggs update - April Fool!

As you may already have guessed, our story about square eggs yesterday was a joke for April Fool’s Day!

We reported that an RSPCA Assured farmer’s flock of laying hens had started laying square eggs.

In fact, as far as we know, hens continue to lay round eggs as usual.

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Square eggs have been laid by hens on an RSPCA Assured farm, giving the farmer what he describes as the shock of his life!

The unusual-shaped eggs, laid at Ian Hatchett’s Flair Loop farm in Suffolk, have the potential to change the way eggs are packed and eaten.

RSPCA Assured's Flora Pilo said: “These incredible hens are a winning combination all round - they’re in fine shape and untroubled by the changes.

Look out for RSPCA Assured-labelled square eggs rolling out from Saturday 1 April 2017.

“I’ve farmed free range eggs for over 10 years and I’ve seen all sorts of eggs - different sizes, colours, double or triple yolks, but I simply couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw square eggs appearing.
“It started a few weeks ago, but I’ve no idea why - we haven’t changed anything around the farm, although this current flock is the first time we’ve chosen the new ‘Floral Poi’ breed of hen.
They enjoy the freedom to safely roam the land here, foraging for treats, nosing around, finding shade and shelter from the weather, just like they would do naturally.

Ian Hatchett, laying hen farmer

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Date: 01 Apr 2017