Which one is laying double yolk eggs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jewels4710, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. jewels4710

    jewels4710 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 16, 2015
    I have 3 RIR and 6 leghorns. Every so often I get a double yolk egg from each. I am wondering how to tell which one of the hens are laying the double yolk eggs. When I start hatching eggs I would like to get the eggs from the ones that do lay the double yolks. If it is passed on. I do not want to hatch a double yolk egg, afraid there may be toubles with the chick. Thank You!
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Well if it is a brown egg, it is one of the RIR and if it is one of the white eggs, it is one of the leghorns. Just don't incubate any of the oversized eggs.
  3. jewels4710

    jewels4710 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 16, 2015
    Thank You soreland. But that does not really help. I know that I get one from each breed so I have got it down to 9 hens that can be the one laying the double yolk. What I am wondering is if and how I can figure out which two hens are laying the double yolk, One leghorn white egg, and one Rhode Island Red brown egg. I have a total of 12 laying hen.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    You should be able to see the double yolkers by candling the eggs before setting them to incubate.
    Good practice for when you are candling during incubation.
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I had a BO that laid several double yolks the first year that she laid, a few the next year, and then none. I don't think it is a genetic thing as more of a goof thing in the egg laying apparatus. My boys thought is was a bonus to get a double yolker, but I think I read on here that they won't hatch.

    Mrs K

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