Double Yolker

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MotherHen75, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. MotherHen75

    MotherHen75 Songster

    Dec 18, 2018
    South Carolina
    I found an unusually large egg in the small clutch im letting one of my hens sit on. I candled it and saw 2 yolks inside, im very happy and kinda scared at the same time. I've heard that both chicks could possibly die, and they cant get out by themselves because they'll kick each other to death. I know that helping a chick out of its egg could hurt it, but I dont know what to do. Its only been a short while shes been sitting on the eggs. Help?
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  2. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

    May 4, 2014
    Newberry, Indiana
    I’d remove the egg and fry it as long as it’s fresh. There is a slim chance that the egg will produce a viable chick.
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  3. Animals45

    Animals45 Crowing

    Nov 8, 2018
    Yes, it is bad to hatch a double yolk.
    I read this on the internet and it said you take a wet cloth or a paper towel and you peel it a little bit. I am really not a help though,
    Maybe @Alexandra33 can help or @SongBaby33.
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  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Type 'hatching double yolk eggs' in the search bar and do an on site search. Hatching them is not impossible but is extremely difficult with a low hatch rate - that's in an incubator situation. Under a broody it becomes even more difficult and far less successful.
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  5. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chook Snuggler

    A few BYC members successfully hatched out twins, but yet again, those were accomplished via incubator. Spotting any development yet? If so, I can't envision removing the egg from underneath your broody.

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