Double-yolks...The odds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rajzwaibel, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. rajzwaibel

    rajzwaibel Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2008
    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).
  2. Denali (Auntie's Shadow)

    Denali (Auntie's Shadow) Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 10, 2008
    Probably drawing!
    I have no idea what to say about that; maybe you should let them hatch and find out? You have a rooster, yes?
  3. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    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.
  4. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    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. [​IMG]
  5. Darin115

    Darin115 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2008
    Asheboro, NC
    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.

  6. donnaIL

    donnaIL Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2008
    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
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2008
  7. holliewould

    holliewould Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2008
    Planet Earth
    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...


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

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    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. [​IMG] Just enjoy them to eat. They make really cool looking deviled eggs. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2008
  9. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
    Milaca, MN
    I get a double yolk every day from my one RIR girl. I love double yolker's.
  10. mainely-chick

    mainely-chick Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 12, 2007
    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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