How common are double yolkers??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by goatkeepers, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Mooresville, NC
    Well, all three of my RIRs are laying now and I think one is laying double yolkers.

    I have gotten three in a week (not quite sure if they are all from the same chicken though). Is that common?? I had never seen a double one before (since I only had store bought eggs) we got chickens.... What do commercial places do with the double yolked eggs? Sort them out somehow? Why? And do they make them back into feed or something?

  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    it is quite common in first eggs...the body releases too many eggs to be made into chicken eggs until the system gets regulated. enjoy!
  3. Morgaine

    Morgaine Songster

    Jan 22, 2008
    We just got our first double yoker yesterday. I'm pretty sure it was from our dark cornish, Gladis. I have five hens laying and this is a first, but they have only been laying for a week and half. None of my RIR are laying yet.
  4. grullablue

    grullablue Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Madison, Wisconsin
    I have 9 white leghorns that started laying the middle of July...and I typically get one every other day or so...

  5. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    My friend gets them all the time. Not me though [​IMG]
  6. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    I've had one double-yolker out of my first 30 eggs I've used.
  7. illinichick

    illinichick Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    SE Il
    My first batch of hens are about 1 year old and they layed several doubles when they first started. they've been laying since Jan. My newest chicks were bought Easter and they just started laying this past week. they're eggs are very dark brown and small. Cant wait for them to get bigger.
  8. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    A double yolker is caused when 2 eggs are release within a few hours of each other.

    So if you get quite a few then you have a very fertile hen!

    We have had some in the past lay double quite regularly. I haven't had any in some time.

    commerically I figure they don't sell them because of the size difference. Our doubles don't fix into the egg cartons very well, and the same size is desired in the store.
  9. chickenfever

    chickenfever Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    I have seen at least 2 or 3 double yolks in my lifetime from store bought eggs. I guess some sneak through.
  10. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    I~WANT ONE!!! I know, stop whining....

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