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Double-yolks...The odds?

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

  1. rajzwaibel

    rajzwaibel In 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) In 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 Songster

    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 Songster

    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 Songster

    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 Songster

    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 Songster

    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 In 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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