You know how exciting it can be to get a double yolk egg? That’s assuming you’ve had one before. I hadn’t until last week and have had a couple more since so that’s pretty cool. The British Egg Information Service (yes there is one!) said the instance of eggs being double yolkers was thought to be less than 0.1 per cent.
Well… on Saturday I had a triple yolker! Yes three yolks in one egg and I was pretty amazed as I’d never heard of that before.
Here’s the proof:
I have to add that I don’t always fry eggs but they are good at a weekend and glad I didn’t just boil this one as I might not have realised what I had!
What are the odds?
Excitedly I searched the internet to find out what the odds are of getting an egg with three yolks and the common number is 25 million to 1 which are longer odds than winning the lottery!
I even tweeted the farm I got the hens from and they have only had one before which is amazing considering the amount of hens they have had over the years.
@Adem wow, that's great! We have had just one before (surprisingly from a very small egg). Yours looks good, Hope it tasted great too!
— Little Eaton Farm (@LittleEatonFarm) June 8, 2014
What causes double and triple yolk eggs?
Firstly it’s worth explaining that the shell is the last part to form on an egg, so egg yolks will pass from the ovaries into a hen’s oviduct, and then later on in the process the shell will form around the yolk. A double-yolked or triple-yolked egg occurs when two egg yolks are released into a hen’s oviduct too close together and end up encased within the same shell.For a more in-depth and scientific answer click here.
Whilst it can be hereditary , hormonal change/imbalance is the main cause which results in an overstimulated ovary releasing yolks too close together. New layers or hens near the end of their life are more likely to lay multiple yolk eggs so this will definitely apply to my hens who have only been laying for a few weeks. It’s also worth noting that the eggs haven’t been too large which is good news for them as big eggs can cause them distress.
Have you had a double or triple yolk egg before?