breeds likely to lay double yokers?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Willjg, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. Willjg

    Willjg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2008
    Hey there,

    I was just curious... are there any breeds that are actually prone to lay double yokers?
    (large size eggs too)

    Take Care,
  2. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    No breeds at all that tend to lay double yolkers. That's not actually something that's good for reproductive ability, it's a fluke and not something a responsible breeder would try for, IMO of course. Chicks hatched from double yolk eggs are rare, though not impossible, but definately problematic.

    As far as egg size goes, here's a chart that tells you a lot.
  3. figlette

    figlette Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2008
    I have a Welsummer who almost always lays double yolked eggs. Every once in awhile she will lay a single yolk egg, but the yolk is still double the normal size. It is really hard on her. Poor thing freaks the other ladies out when she is laying. They all stand at the coop door watching. I think she needs an epidural.

    She lays far less than our other Welsummer. Thankfully her eggs are extremely tall as opposed to wide, so she hasn't had any binding issues. I am not so secretly hoping that she prematurely stops laying.
  4. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2009
    fort ashby, wv
    the red sexlinks and production chickens often lay those, they put their all into laying, they seem to conk out sooner than a purebreed in production though
  5. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Yes, my red sexlinks laid alot of double yolkers
  6. Willjg

    Willjg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2008
    Hey there,

    Thanks everyone!
    I wouldn't want to try hatching double yokers for sure...I just was curious about which breeds might be prone to laying them. They're just a great surprise to have in the refrigerator when it comes to cooking.

    Has anyone had any Buff Orpingtons that layed double yokers?

    Take Care,
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    The older a hen gets, the greater the odds of a double yolk egg. The eggs normally get fewer but bigger as they age.
  8. hensonly

    hensonly Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2008
    upstate NY
    My gold sex links - or one of them, anyway - laid a few doubles when they first started laying last fall. They were HUGE, I don't know how the hen got them out! I was told it's a glitch in the developing reproductive system and would likely stop as the hens matured. So far, that's been right. The girls are 11 months old, almost, and I haven't had a double yolk since last fall. They started laying young, too - the day after they turned four months old! So I guess they were due for a couple of glitches! I still get some eggs so big I can't close the cartons, but they haven't been doubles.
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    My pullets tend to lay more double yokers than my hens. My hens laid more double yokers when they were pullets and first started laying.

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