Since we just started in July, and the chickens have been only laying since the end of October, we have had 8 double yolked eggs. We are curious if anyone has ever tried to hatch a double yolked egg? If so, was it successful? What do we need to do different then regular hatching. Just curious. Thank you!
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Yes, people have tried to hatch double yolked eggs; the embryos rarely make it through incubation, but there are exceptions. (there is a thread on here somewhere about someone who actually did hatch twins, but I believe they assisted the chicks in hatching)
One of the reasons I have heard why it is so difficult to hatch a double yolker is the positioning of the chicks in the egg. Only one chick will get the side with the air cell; the other one will not. Also, to hatch, chicks need to brace themselves against the top of the egg, and push. In a double yolker, if the embryos make it that far, they would not be able to do that, and one might injure/kill the other one trying to get out. Some people as a rule never hatch double yolked eggs as they believe it is dooming two lives to end. If you do decide to hatch a double yolker, start a thread on it! We would love to follow the progress. :)
Edited by beetandsteet - 12/9/15 at 1:01pm
Thank you for your input. I watched a youtube video where the woman helped hatch the twins in 2008. She posted a second video too. They grew up just fine and were a hen and rooster. She had another the same day but only one survived. I have twins, a boy and girl, just thought maybe it would be interesting to try. But totally understand about not wanting to ruin two lives. :( thanks again. Just curious. Bought an incubator today. Will start trying when we have a few to put in. Tough right now with the colder weather starting in.