double yolks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nova022, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read a couple posts where people said their hen layed double yolks until she got it right. Is laying double yolks a bad thing? I was just wondering. My chickens have not started laying yet. If it is not good to lay double yolks is there something you do to prevent it?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I've raised quite a few hens and a few of them did lay the odd double yolk egg when they first started. It's normal and as far as I could tell it didn't harm the hens in any way. Some members here even got triple yolk eggs!
     
  3. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply. As I said I am new to raising chickens. I have never seen a triple yolk, but some of the eggs we buy have lots of double yollks. Hopefully, I won't have to buy eggs much longer. [​IMG]
     
  4. Fur & Feathers

    Fur & Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    there is nothing bad for the chickens but in the UK for some reason chicken farmers see it as a fault.:confused:
    the family inlaws run an egg farm in norwich,UK and they have crates upon crates of packs of double yolk eggs; these are not sold the workers take them apprenetly.
     
  5. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband love to get an egg with a double yolk. He always get the largest eggs he can find in hopes they will be double yolks.
     
  6. hillbillyfarmer

    hillbillyfarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a buckeye hen that has always laid a double yolk egg. She is in her second year of laying and every egg is a double. There is nothing wrong with it but I can't use her for breeding because of it, so she is in my flock of hens that I use for producing eggs that I eat.
     
  7. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my sexlinks lays double yolks. In her 1st yr it happened a lot but now its just every now & then. I have seen posts about triple yolks but none of my crazy girls have ever pulled that one off - hahaha
     
  8. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not familiar with buckeyes. I will have to google it, but then I will want one. ; )
    Do double yolked eggs not hatch successfully?
     
  9. hillbillyfarmer

    hillbillyfarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    No. Double yolk eggs will rarely hatch successfully. Buckeyes were developed in Ohio during the 19th century and believed to be the only American breed that was developed by a woman.They have a pea comb and are very cold hardy. They were also used to improve Rhode Island Reds.
     
  10. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I remember a new member posted a video recently of an egg with 4 yolks in it. Crazy! I only know of one successful double yolk hatch. With odds that low I'll rather eat them!
     

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