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Double Yolker Eggs

Lately, my hen Gertie, (an Easter Egger chicken) has been withholding her eggs an extra day. So instead of laying an egg every day, she is laying every other day. And the resulting eggs have been well…BIG!

You might recall that Gertie laid a double-shelled egg  once that contained a yolk and and another entire shelled egg. But this time, they turned out to be just double yolkers (no shelled egg inside).

To be safe, I video taped the opening of the eggs – in case we had mutant turtles in there or something. But since they were just double yolkers, I’m not going to post the video. Don’t tell Gertie. She thinks her eggs are world famous!

Why do chicken’s  sometimes lay double yolks?

It happens when they don’t release the egg down the canal during development. In other words, they ovulate but no shell is formed until the next day when they ovulate again. Then the shell forms around both yolks and they lay the egg.

You have to keep your eye on hens that do this. It is possible for the egg to get too large and it can get stuck…which can be bad….very, very bad.

So far, Gertie has never had a problem. She is just being a bit of a show off.

Way to go Gertie…way to go!

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.