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6 double yolk eggs in one box, yummy coincidence or intensive farming?

We received an email this morning asking about double yolk eggs and what the chances were of getting 6 in one box!

Here are the questions from the email with our answers:

Question: How common is it to get a double yoke from one egg?

BigBarn: Fairly common if the chickens have only just started laying, are fed lots of food and are a certain breed.

Question: Is this a common occurrence?

BigBarn: It is probably more common in intensive farming where all the chickens are the exactly the same age, breed and fed high protein diets

Question: If it is a rare occurrence then how rare would 6 eggs be?

BigBarn: I wouldn’t be surprised if the intensive farms have worked out how to detect double yokers (they are often larger) and occasionally put them all in the same box for PR reasons.

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Question: I was very surprised to discover that all 6 eggs from the same box were in fact double yoke eggs!

BigBarn: If double yoke eggs are larger they are more likely to be in the same box so they all look the same.

I am not an egg farmer but do have 5 happy free range chickens. We occasionally get a double yolker which is usually larger. I think from the reasons above 6 double yolkers in one box is not a coincidence more an example of intensive production and uniform packing lines.

I would rather have local free range eggs any day!

We welcome your thoughts.

Comments

  1. John Cant says:

    BBC Radio 4’s More or Less show had an article on this a while back….

    What are the chances of six double-yolkers?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16118149

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