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DOUBLE YOLK.... How common is this?

post #1 of 16
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Okay everyone... I have a question. 

Growing up when I was a kid it seemed that once or twice every few months we would get a double yolk when we were eating eggs, and we all thought it was pretty cool.... but now that I am an adult, I would say it has been years and years and years since I have seen a double yolk... so here are my questions

1.  Do commercial egg layers have a way to screen out double yolks or make them less common?

2. Do twin chicks usually survive in the egg and are there successful hatches with double chicks in an egg?

3. are they more or less common then they use to be?

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

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1 Wife, 4 Kids (ages 6, 4, 2, 6 weeks)  1 Rat Terrior named Charles, 2 Bantam Barnevelders (5 weeks old) 1 pair of Mandarin Ducks, 1 pair of Wood ducks, 2 bantam cochins, 1 bantam white crested black polish, 2 quail antwerps, 2 bantam easter eggers, 24 eggs in the bator due the end of march!
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post #2 of 16

the super jumbo eggs are usually double yolkers from the store

twins usually die but yes several folks have hatched them

about the same percentage

I usually get doubles from older birds

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post #3 of 16

1. Do commercial egg layers have a way to screen out double yolks or make them less common? - Not that I know of. I've found just a couple double yolkers in store eggs. . . Back when I used to buy them. gig

2. Do twin chicks usually survive in the egg and are there successful hatches with double chicks in an egg? Rarely. There are two cases I've known of it successfully happening. Otherwise, one usually dominates the other and the second dies, or they both die.

3. are they more or less common then they use to be? Seems the same to me. It is often the food and breeding that changes it, so perhaps more these days with our hybrids and production layers who spit out eggs every single day. For me, I get a double yolker about once every year. But then again, I don't raise production girls - I raise dual purpose breeds or breeds meant for their looks, even though they still lay really well.


Edited by Illia - 1/30/10 at 7:37pm

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Originally Posted by Teach97 

the super jumbo eggs are usually double yolkers from the store

twins usually die but yes several folks have hatched them

about the same percentage

I usually get doubles from older birds


YES,YES,YES,&YES. my EE's give me the most double yolkers

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post #5 of 16

welcome-byc

Teach pretty much said exactly what I was going to say.  I don't think there is a way to predict double yolks.  I have even seen triple yolks.  Just look at it as God's little chicken bonus.  I did see a video once of a lady helping hatch twin chicks but I don't know if they survived and I have never heard of them both making it.  It probably can happen it is very unlikely.  If you are trying to get double yolk eggs then I would choose birds that lay extremely large eggs consistently.

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post #6 of 16
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Thanks you guys....  I was mainly hoping to see a video or some pictures of someone hatching out twinners as I think that would be pretty sweet to see....  Does anyone know of anywhere to see this?

1 Wife, 4 Kids (ages 6, 4, 2, 6 weeks)  1 Rat Terrior named Charles, 2 Bantam Barnevelders (5 weeks old) 1 pair of Mandarin Ducks, 1 pair of Wood ducks, 2 bantam cochins, 1 bantam white crested black polish, 2 quail antwerps, 2 bantam easter eggers, 24 eggs in the bator due the end of march!
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1 Wife, 4 Kids (ages 6, 4, 2, 6 weeks)  1 Rat Terrior named Charles, 2 Bantam Barnevelders (5 weeks old) 1 pair of Mandarin Ducks, 1 pair of Wood ducks, 2 bantam cochins, 1 bantam white crested black polish, 2 quail antwerps, 2 bantam easter eggers, 24 eggs in the bator due the end of march!
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post #7 of 16

People at work keep telling me about my double yolkers, they're from my Jersey's.

post #8 of 16

here is a youtube video !   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ZeEY-kt7A

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post #9 of 16

Cool video, but she's lucky they didn't bleed out & die. People, be patient with your hatch.

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post #10 of 16

When the girls started laying, I was getting up to two double yolkers each day. Now its a lot less common in comparison, about once a week. My chickens are production.

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