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  • TWilson May 4, 2006 01:44 PM
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The last three dozen eggs I have purchased at two different grocery stores on three separate occasions have had double yolks. Every egg!

Any one else have this happen? Any egg experts that would like to help explain why?

Just curious.

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  1. Many times when I buy Jumbo Eggs, they'll be at least a couple with double yolks.

    Never happens when I just buy Large or Extra Large Eggs, however.

    Dunno why it happens ... twins maybe???

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    1. re: ipse dixit

      Ahhh.. young hens and Spring time, time for double yolkers. I have ten hens, 9 of whom are on their second year of laying, and one new girl. She has given us several doubles this spring with none from the older hens. I've never had a hen lay a double-yolker a day.. they're usually spaced every-other day. I did have a Cornish x White Rock hen who laid a double yolker every other day for all of her laying life (a year.. she was one of my roasting hens). Your egg source may have a whole bunch of new hens. Do you pay a premium price for those jumbos? It has been a long time since I've bought eggs.

      Yes.. the red spot and pink "white" are caused by a tiny clot of blood. I usually give those to my dogs, not that they're inedible. They seem to occur with very young layers and very old layers. It's hard to tell if a fresh egg is fertile as the little embryo spot doesn't appear unless the egg has had some warm days. We have a very active rooster and prefer fresh fertile eggs as they seem to be easier to digest.

    2. This was always a special "treat" growing up and having breakfast at my grandmother's house in central PA. She always got local farm-fresh eggs from the farmers, and once in awhile, a double-yolker would, on occasion, show up in the frying pan. Looks to be a genetic reason, based on the breed of bird.

      Are you saying EVERY egg in each dozen were double-yolkers? Lucky you! They must be jumbo or extra-large sizes.

      Link: http://www.minkhollow.ca/HatchingProg...

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      1. re: Linda W.

        Thirty six eggs and counting with double yolks. I only buy jumbo eggs, but have never had this happen before. Thanks for the link! If any one has other information please let me know.

        Thanks again!

      2. Having absolutely no scientific expertise in this area, but for EVERY egg to be double yolked sounds unnatural and makes one wonder whether the hens at that egg farm are being given fertility drugs!?

        1. Young hens tend to lay double yolks...I dunno why.

          1. I buy jumbo eggs at Trader Joe's. Think they are the best around. Probably get a double yoked one about every other dozen. I mentioned to one of the check out gals one day and she said the same thing. I'd bet I hadn't seen 4 double yoked eggs in my life, now it's at least one every week or so. They eat JUST FINE!!!

            1. j
              JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

              There's a little coffee shop in Tucson (I don't remember the name, but I remember it's pretty close to the Kon-Tiki on Broadway) that prides itself on serving up nothing but double-yolk eggs. Apparently your store found the same supplier as the coffee shop ;)

              Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

              1. Eggs are candled to sort out the double yolkers. My grandmother used to buy them at the poultry markets as we kids found it exciting.

                More recently, when we lived in the country we raised chickens for the eggs. Young hens lay double and triple yolkers, eggs without shells, and tiny or huge eggs. Once they get settled in their egg laying they are pretty consistent.

                Home raised eggs are the best particularly if the chickens are free ranging. The yolks are so dark yellow and flavorful!

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                  CulinaryKate

                  YES! My boyfriend and I had a full dozen of double yolked eggs, free-range and organic eggs to boot. They were all Jumbo's, and it has never happened since, but I seriously thought the apolcalyse was coming because it really weirded us out.

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                  1. re: CulinaryKate

                    I feel the same way....grossed out! I was trying to make deviled eggs so I boiled up the whole dozen and 10 of them were double yolks. I threw them all away because I thought it was weird. These were large, brown, organic, cage-free omega-3 with DHA and Folic acid eggs from Whole Foods. I usually get Eggland's Best and I've never had this happen.

                  2. When it happens, it's all at once. But not every egg!
                    We used to go through 500-1000 eggs a day and when you got one, you'd get more. Size didn't seem to matter. So I guess it was one hen's eggs that were in the same batch.

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                    1. re: coll

                      Wow thats a lot of eggs! If you don't mind, why did you need that many eggs a day.

                      Also on a bit of a related note, I was frying eggs the other day and the white of the egg was pink and the yolk had a red spot on it. I kinda shrieked and have not been able to eat any eggs since. I miss them! how common is that and were you ok with throwing that egg away and continuing?

                      thanks

                      1. re: Zaheen

                        I was the cook at a very busy deli, made egg sandwiches 5 to 11 every day. One of the most fun jobs I ever had. We charged $1 for an egg sandwich, a donut, coffee and juice. A while ago obviously.

                        Those red dots are not harmful, I can't remember what they are exactly but there's nothing wrong with them (at least I don't think so, as I've eaten many eggs like that).

                        1. re: coll

                          Wow, yeah, must have been a long time ago, since you can't even get a coffee for a dollar anymore (usually!)

                        2. re: Zaheen

                          I didn't use or consume the eggs in one sitting or in one day!

                          The eggs were purchased and used over a two month period.

                          I have never seen so many double yolks, one after the other, before. I was curious if anyone else had ever experienced that phenomenon, especially when I had simply purchased jumbo eggs and had not been looking for the doublers.

                          I have been buying only jumbo eggs for years now. This is the first time that the double yolks has occurred in all of the eggs.

                          Just watch - now that I've said something, I'll never see another double yolk again!

                          1. re: Zaheen

                            It's just a spot of blood - nothing harmful. Just detracts a bit from the look of the egg. If you're going sunny side down, doesn't even show when it's cooked.

                            Link: http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/m...

                            1. re: Zaheen
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                              Bride of the Juggler

                              The red spot means the egg has been fertilized. I throw them out because they are not kosher. Thank you.

                              1. re: Bride of the Juggler

                                "The red spot means the egg has been fertilized."

                                Actually, per my post below, it doesn't mean it's fertilized. It's just a spot of blood. My original link is below - here's a few more:

                                http://www.ablaze.com.au/ablaze/Eggbe...

                                http://www.whistlingtrainfarm.com/pag...

                                http://www.bfhd.wa.gov/edu/eggucation...

                                Link: http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/m...

                          2. it's funny. when I lived in australia, a lady used to bring us jumbo eggs in a 2-dozen cart. Like your experience, every single one was a double yolk egg. We'd have them delivered every week. Lived in that area for about 6 months. Had the eggs delivered every week. And every one was a double yolk. Probably had hundreds of them.

                            I never understood why... but it was pretty cool.

                            1. When I was younger, growing up in Cape Town (South Africa), my mum would buy cartons of double-yolk eggs. They cost more, but as kids my siblings and I thought they were the coolest thing ever. I thought as a kid that they might x-ray the eggs, but it's probably more likely that it's a genetic feature you can breed for, or more typical to certain hen varieties.

                              I'm hoping that it is not, as someone else suggested, a side effect of fertility drugs!

                              1. m
                                Michele Cindy

                                Of course this has to be the 1st post I read today on Chowhound. Ironically, it was also the 1st time in my life that I ever ordered an egg white only breakfast sandwich. I'm trying to watch my cholesterol; ironically it's now being rubbed in my face! 1 sandwich in and I am already missing the yolks!

                                1. I buy Dino eggs at Albertsons here in Phoenix and at least half of them, and sometimes more, are double yolked. What a joy!

                                  1. We raise a few chickens so I know a little about the mysterious art of egg-laying. Most of the time, it's the young, inexperienced, first-time egg-laying hen that will produce a double yolker. I guess their little systems don't quite know how to separate the two yolks properly and the occasional egg comes out with two yolks. It also happens early in the spring, when the hens begin laying again after a winter of discontent. Right now I have two gigantic eggs sitting in my fridge amidst all the regular ones - I'm sure they're double yolkers. Saving them for a special purpose. Eventually all the young hens will settle down and lay normal eggs.

                                    In addition to double-yolk eggs, we occasionally find other weirdness out in the coop. An egg with no shell, only a membrane. A very very tiny egg with no yolk at all. An extremely bumpy egg that would have been very uncomfortable to produce. These are just the little surprises of nature. We deal with them as they come. I suspect it is just as common in commercial egg farms, but you never see them because they don't make it into the cartons.

                                    As for the egg spot. Two possibilities. One is an egg that has been allowed to develop just a wee bit too long. But this isn't likely in commercial eggs because they're collected either mechanically or very frequently by humans. The other is just one of those things. I guess probably a small hemmorhage in the egg tract that somehow makes it into the shell. It's neither dangerous nor unsanitary. I just scramble them as usual - poof it's gone.

                                    That's it from the Funny Farm.

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                                    1. re: Nyleve

                                      I got one of those very bumpy shells before. I think I saved it and let it dry because it was cool.

                                    2. What do you do if you get a double yolked egg while baking? Count it as two eggs? Remove the extra yolk and count it as one?

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                                      1. re: Jujubee

                                        I just used them as I normally do. All of my baked good turned out perfectly.

                                        1. re: Jujubee
                                          j
                                          JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                          Count it as a single egg. Since a double-yolk still has the same total volume as a single-yolk, you certainly wouldn't want to count it as two eggs. The double yolk eggs usually don't have as big of yolks, so it won't throw the recipe off by much.

                                          Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

                                        2. s
                                          suzannapilaf

                                          Wow, that's incredible. I've gotten a dozen at a time and concluded that they had been set aside when they candle the eggs and that they then got mixed back in with the regular eggs. That was my speculation anyway...

                                          1. i was told double yolks meant double good luck to the eater

                                            1. This thread is interesting. Last week I was scoping out an Asian market in my area (Burnsville, MN) for the first time and noting the several varieties of eggs. They had a whole stack of the open 8x8 containers with a sign "Double Yolk Eggs". I was thinking, "huh..how do you adjust the recipes?" There's gotta be more to it than luck of the draw.

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                                              1. re: MSPD

                                                I would save the double-yolkers for recipes where it doesn't really make that much difference - like a shocking version of a fried egg or a really stupendous poached one. Otherwise you could treat them as extra-large or sometimes I calculate each egg is worth 1-1/2 regular ones. The proportion of yolk really doesn't make that much difference unless you're doing something where you separate the yolks and whites. In which case it would be awkward anyway.

                                                1. re: MSPD

                                                  MSPD, i just returned from a local asian supermarket and they had trays of 18 eggs that were labeled "Double Yolk Eggs". couldn't resist so i had to grab some. don't know what i'll do yet, but i can already taste the goodness :)

                                                2. Oh, this thread is a trip down memory lane for me. Haven't seen a double yolk egg since I was a girl many years ago. We lived in the suburbs and every Friday afternoon the egg man would come in a truck from his farm and deliver the week's worth of fresh eggs, sometimes still warm. There were tons of double yolk eggs and my mother & Grandma would always declare you to be very lucky if you cracked open the egg and found a double yolk. Of course in those days (when dinosaurs were young and Fred & Wilma were our neighbors!), milk & dairy products was also delivered directly to the house as was bread and baked goods. When I tell this story to my kids, they laugh and tell me I must be dreaming or have grown up in the 19th century.

                                                  1. This morning, I had cracked seven double yolked eggs! We're trying to get pregnant, so I hope the folk tales that this is a good omen are true!