Double Yolks

How often have you cracked an egg and found it contained double yolks?
It has only happened to me a couple of times – ever.

Yet this morning when himself was making breakfast, he got THREE double yolkers in a row!!
What are the odds of that ever happening?

What could it possibly mean –

are they feeding the chooks some horrid hormones to make this happen

is some chook out there super fertile

is it just a freak accident they all ended up in the same carton

is there a new super breed of double yolker chooks out there

What does folk lore have to say about double yolk eggs?

Someone you know may give birth to twins

Someone in your family is going to die

Good luck – this is the one I choose !

What does science have to say about double yolk eggs?

About one in in every thousand eggs is a double yolker.  So it’s not as rare as I thought.

They are a byproduct of rapid ovulation. That means two yolks are released in quick succession into a hen’s oviduct and end up in the same shell. Typically, yolks are released about an hour apart, but hormonal changes or a hyperactive ovary will cause double releases.

Apparently younger chooks are more likely to lay double yolkers. As well  as the Buff Orpington breed.

Some stores sell double yolkers. Like a whole carton of them. Not here in Oz as far as I know.

Sometimes there are more than two yolks. The most ever found in a single egg is NINE!

And of course, where there are many, there can also be none. They are called dwarf or wine eggs laid by the very young.

I bet this trivia just made your day 🤣

Raili Tanska

Life is full of surprises. Enjoy.

 


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