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Why Do You Get Double Yolk Eggs?

Published on April 18, 2013 by Penny Roberts in Penny's Posts

Ever wondered how double yolkers sometimes happen? Or is it a case of no joke with a double yolk?  

It’s generally good news for us egg lovers, but what actually causes this phenomenon? Typically they are laid by young chickens whose productive cycle is not fully functioning in the right way. If ovulation occurs too rapidly then one yolk can get misplaced and then joined by the next yolk.

If you look at the picture below you’ll see that this one of mine was a full 7cm (3.8 inches) tall, and it was pretty wide too. I’ve often wondered if it causes the hens any discomfort when they lay such whoppers. But thanks to Mother Nature, it doesn’t actually harm the chicken. It will probably mean that she will have less eggs to lay in her life so, but there’s not much you can do about it. Eventually her body will sort out itself out in time, while you can continue to enjoy bountiful breakfasts!

And if two yolks are a challenge, what about a triple yolker? I’ve not seen one myself but you can get them, even though they must almost be as rare as hens’ teeth. Has anyone got any interesting double or triple yolker experiences to share - I'd love to know?

  Why Do You Get Double Yolk Eggs?

Tags: double yolker, chicken, hen, eggs

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