Double Yolks Explained

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By Emily Grace

How do double yolks happen? My mama’s hen, named Bobby Lou, laid a huge egg recently and set me to wondering how she did that. So, I contacted my blog friend, Lara, who works for Minnesota Poultry. She knows all sorts of cool things about turkeys and chickens.

I love getting together with blog friends and learning from them. Please join us!

Here’s what Lara said about double yolks:

“According to the American Egg Board, it’s the young hens who produce most of the double-yolked eggs because sometimes their egg production cycles are not yet completely synchronized. (Those crazy kids – trying to lay eggs willy nilly!)

Can you see the line where the timing got a little too rushed?

“However, it is true that older hens – the ones who produce the extra large eggs – might crank out a double-yolked egg, as well. (Young hens typically lay the smaller eggs and the older they get, the bigger their eggs get.) And I’ve heard that very occasionally, a hen might produce double-yolked eggs throughout her egg-laying career. (You go girl!)”

Thank you, Lara! For sure, a “You go girl!” is in order for Bobby Lou. Look at the size of the egg!

Six inches around its “equator.”

Seven and three-quarter inches around its “poles.” Wow!

After measuring the egg, I asked my Farmer to crack it for me. I don’t know where his egg cracking skills came from (I haven’t seen them in our kitchen ever!), but he sure enough did take care of the work one-handed!

I can’t help but smile at a good man cooking one handed.

There’s the first yolk.

And there’s the second yolk.

Two happy yolks from the same shell!

Thanks for stopping by for a double yolk explanation!

Emily Grace

What kind of double yolk stories do you have to tell?

Published on Sep 24, 2014