double yokes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tracyfeltsmills, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. Tracyfeltsmills

    Tracyfeltsmills Out Of The Brooder

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    My Golden Comets have begun laying but one girl has a double yoker every other day,Can she keep doing that. it's been twice now! certainly not a problem but she is the only one and they are very big!
     
  2. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had RIRs and Barred Rocks through the years that would lay one or two double yokes a week. If you have a hen that is laying them on a regular basis, I think you can expect her to continue until she lays out.
     
  3. jomoncon

    jomoncon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a hen that is laying them on a regular basis, I think you can expect her to continue until she lays out.

    A newbie curiosity question: I've read that hens are born with all the eggs they will ever lay. Do double yolk-ers count as 2 eggs?​
     
  4. Audry

    Audry Out Of The Brooder

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    We got a lot of double yolkers for a while when ours first started laying, but they eventually stopped. They're just about 13 months old now, and we haven't had a double in months. I'll be interested to see if our second batch (currently 14 weeks old) start out laying doubles the same way.
     
  5. ladrholman

    ladrholman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read somewhere that it is more common when they start laying.... I had a jersey hen that when she first laid had a triple yolk.... (rest her soul.. she died young of what appeared to be a heart attack..... [​IMG]
     
  6. can you hear me now?

    can you hear me now? Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is very common for them to lay doubles when they first start laying. Never had them myself but hope to some day. Our girls are working on laying bigger eggs. So far they are just below large.
     
  7. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All true. When you think about it, chickens are a lot like humans when it comes to reproduction. They do have all of their egg cells, like we do and let one cell out per 24 hrs, instead of 28 days like us. Anyway, in young pullets, before their reproductive system has settled down, sometimes they release two egg cells, and they get coated as one egg in the tract as it moves through. Just like we might release two cells that may result in twins...

    Not part of this question, but whenever people ask if you need a rooster for eggs, I always tell them no, just like a woman releases an egg every month whether a man is around or not [​IMG]

    Just like us humans, the cycles can be weird sometimes. [​IMG]
     
  8. pouletdile

    pouletdile Out Of The Brooder

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    WOW, my hens (which started laying in Oct) are laying tons of double yolkers. I was very surprised by this.
     
  9. Rachel'sFlock

    Rachel'sFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    My 6 month old Aussies have been laying for nearly 2 months. I have collected almost a dozen double yolkers from them, and am saving them for some extra special deviled eggs for Thanksgiving.
    I will be sorry when they "outgrow" this habit, as they are quite nifty, but it has to be hard to lay such big eggs, poor girls!
    Plus, it will mean more individual-yolk eggs!

    Brightest Blessings!!!
     
  10. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rachel'sFlock :

    My 6 month old Aussies have been laying for nearly 2 months. I have collected almost a dozen double yolkers from them, and am saving them for some extra special deviled eggs for Thanksgiving.
    I will be sorry when they "outgrow" this habit, as they are quite nifty, but it has to be hard to lay such big eggs, poor girls!
    Plus, it will mean more individual-yolk eggs!

    Brightest Blessings!!!

    That's a great idea about saving them for Thanksgiving - great for conversation. Who couldn't smile when they see a double yolk deviled egg!!! You should post pics!​
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2010

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