A BED and breakfast owner made a cracking discovery - after one of his hens laid what could be the world’s smallest egg. Paul Rae spotted the tiny egg, smaller than a 20p piece, when collecting the eggs for breakfast at his farmhouse in Humshaugh, Northumberland.

The 52-year-old said: ‘It was so tiny, about the size of a 20p piece. Because it was with the other eggs, I knew it couldn’t be anything else.

‘We were in with a chance for having the largest egg for the record books last year and now it’s at the complete other end of the spectrum.’ Dad-of-three, Paul who runs runs Walwick Farm House Bed and Breakfast with his wife Margaret, 54, is not sure which of their four hens, known as ‘Margaret’s Girls,’ laid the unusual egg.

But the couple are hoping that their discovery will be a world first and feature in the Guinness Book of Records.

Earlier this year, Harry Evans found an egg he claimed was barely bigger than a 5p piece at his farm near Bakewell, Derbyshire.                                –DM