Daisy Does a Double!

In Chicken husbandry on October 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Oct. 23rd

Remember the monster egg Daisy laid on Oct. 10th?  Well, we’re just getting around to eating it.  Yes, 13 days is a long time to keep an egg, but whether you know it or not, most of the store-bought eggs are at least this old and some much older.  We were trying to save the giant ova to give to Dr. Glasscock, but she was on vacation, then WE were on vacation, so this morning Jim said, let’s eat that thing!  When I cracked it into the frying pan I realized why it was so huge.

Frankly, I’ve only heard of double yolks.  I’ve never actually seen one, much less gotten one from a pet.  Needless to say it was a rich, delicious breakfast.  Daisy has not laid another one like it since.  Her current eggs are only slightly bigger than Rosie’s and Violet’s.  In the interest of “all things chicken” I looked up some facts about this occurrence.  Did you know that only one in 1,000 are double yolks?  Here’s an explanation of this rare treat:

Double Yolkers appear when ovulation occurs too rapidly, or when one yolk somehow gets “lost” and is joined by the next yolk. Double yolkers may be by a pullet whose productive cycle is not yet well synchronized. They’re occasionally laid by a heavy-breed hen, often as an inherited trait.

Since this was only Daisy’s second egg AND she is a large breed chicken, it’s no wonder she produced a double yolk.  I don’t know if I’ll ever see one again, so I’m glad to have this picture for posterity.

Sorry to go off the chicken topic, but this picture of Buster & Rowdy was too cute to keep to myself.  They were having a snuggle moment.  So goes a typical Sunday morning at the Burlingame farm.


  1. OMG! Rowdy thinks he’s a bunny! That’s so adorable.

  2. If you had a rooster, that could have been twin chicks!

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