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Double-yolks...The odds?

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What are the odds of a double yolk egg?  I imagine it's similar to twins in other species, but the reason I ask is because of the 6 hens we have, we get a huge double yolk egg nearly every other day.  They just started laying just over a month ago, and they pretty much free range all over our back yard and garden, with 20% laying feed as a supplement (although they don't eat much of it).

post #2 of 31

I have no idea what to say about that; maybe you should let them hatch and find out? You have a rooster, yes?

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post #3 of 31

I think I get about 1 egg in 50 being a double yolker.  My hens just started to lay August 1st, so I have a pretty small sample size.

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post #4 of 31

I have 2 hens at my house laying right now.  I get a HUGE double yolk egg from my sweet little Sophie almost every day.  I am willing to bet yours all come from one chicken. smile

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I have 3 black sexlinks that just started laying about 2 weeks ago.  Just about every egg they lay are double yokers. 

I have 5 golden buffs that just started laying as well.  They have yet to lay a double yoke. 

My white leghorns do not lay double yolk eggs either.

Wonder why? I heard that happens a lot when they are young and will stop when they get older.  But it looks like the golden buffs would lay a double yolk too.

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post #6 of 31

My pullets started laying about a month ago, and I get several double yolks a week. I believe I've read  here that it is more common in new laying pullets, because their body doesn't have it together yet. 

I also would be interested to know if anyone has hatched twins.

My pullets eggs are not fertile yet, even thou I have a young rooster (cockerel?)   I think it takes time for both sexs to mature.  JMO, donna


Edited by donnaIL - 9/12/08 at 8:33am
post #7 of 31

Well, My RIR just laid her 4th this morning, much bigger then her first 3.  Naturally I put that bad boy in the frying pan and lookie here...

http://www.fishthat.com/images/CIMG1378.JPG

a double yolker.  She's 5.75 months old and her 4th egg was this?  Wooohoooooo.  I lurve chickens.

post #8 of 31

I really wouldn't recommend trying to hatch a double yolk egg.  A few people have tried and the results are pretty depressing with them running out of room and both chicks dying.  I guess the big difference here and say a mammal having twins is, skin and muscle stretch to accomodate the extra.  An egg shell just doesn't.  When I am hatching I try to make sure I don't put any double yolks in.  So far so good. smile  Just enjoy them to eat.  They make really cool looking deviled eggs. smile


Edited by luvmychicknkids - 9/12/08 at 7:29am
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post #9 of 31

I get a double yolk every day from my one RIR girl.  I love double yolker's.

post #10 of 31

donaIL is right - doubles will not last - my girls used to give them consistently - now they are almost a year old and now very rare occurance

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