Question about double yokes

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Cacciatore, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. Cacciatore

    Cacciatore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    San Pablo, CA
    Every once in awhile I get a enormous egg from one of my EEs.
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    This is a photo of one next to a normal large egg from a Buff Orp.
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    This is why it's so bigÂ… a double yoke.

    My question may seem a bit lame but I just didn't know. Do double yoke eggs that are hatched produce two chicksÂ… twins?
     
  2. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
    They will produce two chicks, however the mortality is incredibly high and the chicks are small and weak if they do...
     
  3. Cacciatore

    Cacciatore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    San Pablo, CA
    Quote:Thanks. It sounds like it is not a good idea to let them hatch.
     
  4. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
    Quote:Thanks. It sounds like it is not a good idea to let them hatch.

    I agree. The 2nd chick has to pip from the wrong end; and can sometimes harm the 1st in doing so. I have never incubated one before but there is a thread somewhere in the Incubating and Hatching eggs forum that might help you [​IMG]
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    People try it now and then, and once in a while they even manage to get two live chicks by helping them out, but this is a rare outcome. I would never try to incubate a double yolk. I would feel like I was raising something to die before it ever had a life.
     
  6. Cacciatore

    Cacciatore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    San Pablo, CA
    Well I don't want to do it and never did, I just wondered while I was eating breakfast about the double yoke. From what I've learned here it seems to me to be a bit irresponsible to even try.
     

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