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Only double yolks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Foghornnmsprisy, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. Foghornnmsprisy

    Foghornnmsprisy Out Of The Brooder

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    The first egg our hen layed was a pretty big egg. I just figured she was healthy. So we collected about half a dozen eggs from her. We know Mable is the one who lays the big eggs, because she layed her first egg in front of us. So today was the big day to finally taste our home grown eggs. The first one had a double yolk. And the second and the third and so on. Every egg from her has been a double yolk egg. So I'm wondering will she always lay like this? And if she goes broody will the chicks hatch successfully? [​IMG]
     
  2. Thejperez

    Thejperez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You shouldn't hatch eggs from her. The only way to hatch double yolks is to incubate them.for them to get out you need to help the babies. If she does go broody and you want her to hatch eggs give her some other fertile eggs for her.
    Here is a thread for egg problems. It should help :)

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/common-egg-quality-problems
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Double yolkers are pretty common in new layers - their system is still figuring out the whole production thing. She may continue to lay them, but it is more likely that her system will find it's way to a more even keel and the doubles will become the exception rather than the rule.
    As noted above, double yolkers are problematic for hatching and most responsible hatchers will not even set them.
     
  4. Thejperez

    Thejperez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I knew I forgot something. Young layers will do this often. they are just figuring it out. The only hen in my flock that does double yolks is my biggest hen a barred rock named big momma. She is the oldest hen in my flock, along with my RIR, it's only once in awhile when she does lay like this. Your hen will most likely stop laying the double yolkers. But if she does keep laying like this I don't think it will be much of a problem. If she does keep laying the doubles just check her vent regularly to make sure nothing is happening down there.
     
  5. Foghornnmsprisy

    Foghornnmsprisy Out Of The Brooder

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    After the third egg I was starting to wonder what else I was going to find inside these big eggs. I thought we would get deformed eggs in the beginning. But not perfect eggs with a surprise inside. My husband had the camera out while I cracked eggs just in case there was a triple. That probley won't happen. Right? :/
     
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  6. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I got a couple of eggs early on when my girls started laying that stunned me...same chicken laid them just a few days apart. One was 123 grams and the other was 112 grams.

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    Actually in this photo the smaller looking egg had more density and was the 123 gram egg. The larger one weighed less - it was 112 grams.

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    When I cracked the 112 gram egg open it was a complete double egg....two outer whites, two inner whites and two yolks, but only one chalaza share between them, as you can see in the photo. I nicked one of the yolks with a sharp shell edge. I understand that triple yolks aren't that uncommon, but I've never seen one.
     
  7. Foghornnmsprisy

    Foghornnmsprisy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thats one big egg! So far all her eggs have been doubles.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What breed chicken is she?
    I had an amberlink mix laid a lot of double yolkers the first month...I think high production birds are more apt to release multiple ova.
    Eventually she stopped the DY's and is my most prolific layer now. 50 days in a row then one day off, now 12 days so far.
     
  9. Foghornnmsprisy

    Foghornnmsprisy Out Of The Brooder

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    Mable is a RIR with a deep mahagony colored collar. I read some where that meant she might be a heritage RIR. She's definitely a much darker color than the others. She just started laying about a month ago so I guess it won't last forever. But for right now were enjoying our novelty chicken. [​IMG]
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    The big egg is one of mables first the smaller is one of the other girls first eggs. The other girls eggs are laying bigger eggs now but no doubles.
     

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