Double yolk eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pride&joy, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. pride&joy

    pride&joy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok so I know or though I did from personal experience and reading on here. That double yolks are mostly due to young hens. I have several local sources (not grocery stores mostly road side stands) that are selling exclusively double yolk eggs? They apparently have plenty to offer so I dough they are just sorting through the eggs. Any Ideas?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Double yolk eggs are caused by the hen's internal egg laying factory not working right. It releases two yolks at the same time instead of only one. That's why it happens more often in young hens that have not got the kinks worked out yet. Some hens continue to do that when they grow up. Their internal laying factory never gets the kinks worked out. I've had that happen with a hen that I almost selected to become a member of my laying/breeding flock, but she did not make the final cut because she continued to lay a double yolker about once a week.

    I suppose if you select mature hens for breeding that often lay double yolked eggs (hatching their non-double yolked ones obviously) you could increase the occurrence in your flock. Not sure why you would want to. They would be OK for frying or scrambling, but they would mess up many recipes that call for a regular egg, especially in baking. They don't hatch very well at all. Since they are extra large, you increase the chances of the hen prolapsing or getting eggbound. Usually when they lay a double yolker, they skip the next day. Not always but usually.

    According to some reading I've done, feeding excess protein can cause them to lay more double yolkers too. Maybe they are being overfed.

    Maybe you are too close to Key West. I've never visited but I've heard strange things have been known to happen there. [​IMG]

    My real guess is that whoever is selling those eggs are candling their eggs, looking for blood spots, meat spots, or other internal defects and are pulling out the double yolkers to sell as novelty items. I'd think they'd have to be selecting from a whole lot of eggs to get many double yolkers though.
     
  3. BWKatz

    BWKatz Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    Columbia,SC
    Very timely topic. So many new chicken owners out now. I just got my first double yolker after feeding them beef for the first time. I have never given them meat before. With it being so big it caused the shell to be very thin and pliable...another first. I think I'll just give the meat to my cats from now on. Thanks Ridgerunner for the info.
     
  4. I have a hamburg pullet that just started laying and every egg has been double yolked. Her eggs are the size of old english. What could be causeing this? I was thinking it might be from stress because she is with 2 other chickens that she doesn't like. Or maybe the heat. I have been losing chickens to the heat. I put a black sumatra hen in with a bunch of hamburgs and the all freaked, one hen died of a heart attack and our rooster died of heatstroke.

    1 horse, 85 chickens, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 pigmy goat that is a bottomless pit! What next I wonder?[​IMG]
     

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