Sunday, October 26, 2014

One Egg... Two Yolks

Just sharing an unusual event at our house.  One of our chickens seems to be only capable of laying one giant egg every few days.  It is much larger than our other eggs and always has two yolks. 

Have you guys seen this before?

 If I bought an incubator,  would this large egg hatch two chicks?

Much larger

...with two yolks!
 Doesn't look like the video below is working quite right so I did some screenshots of the size and double yolks.



Dizzy-Dick said...

The yoke of an egg is the embryo's feed sack. The white frilly stuff that clings to the yoke is the embryo. If you have two embryos then I suppose it would be possible for two chicks to form and, if they live, to hatch.

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

Sure tastes good!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Yes they do, in fact in a couple of minutes I will be devouring a couple of egg sandwiches. I love eggs in every imaginable recipe.

Anonymous said...

We call these a double yolker, didn't realise they could be produced reliably by one hen, only see them every so often in store bought eggs (more commonly from small country shop than supermarket). Anyway always said a double-yolker egg is good luck (fried or poached) :P

kymber said...

OJD - back before the beginning of time when i was living in the city and had never heard of prepping or bugging out (which we successfully did in 2010) - i had the incredible misfortune of buying a dozen eggs from an organic farmer and when i got them home and cracked the first one - double yolk!!! i ended up cracking all of them and all of them were double yolks!!! gross, eh? but then i got wise to the world, started reading homesteading blogs and learned that double yolks are like a form of blessing!!! yes - you can hatch twins from double yolks and imagine - instead of only one yoke in your poached egg - now you have two! and that spells deeeeelishous!

keep your eye on that chicken! and incubate her eggs!

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

I choose to believe that they are good luck too... cuz I need all the luck I can get.

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

I do So want to try it. If I can pull it off, I'll let you know.

sally said...

I understand that, in fact, double yolk eggs don't hatch. Two chicks develop normally, but then run out of room and can't grow enough to be viable. (Although it is bigger, the double yolked egg is not actually twice the size of normal.) I've never tried it myself. Double yolks happen because the egg travels too slowly through the oviduct, which is why that hen doesn't lay every day.

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