Triple Yolked Eggs!

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. …

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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.

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?

27 thoughts on “Triple Yolked Eggs!”

  1. Yesterday morning I cracked a single yolk, a double yolk and then a TRIPLE yolk egg in my frying and..I was astounded, so took a picture posted it on facebook and from the responses, no one else had ever seen one. I can send a photo if you would like. just tell me how to do send it.

    • Yes I’ve had a triple and some doubles from our hens. When I mentioned it the triple yolk on Facebook some people didn’t believe me and basically called me a liar. I raise chickens and I believe it happens more often than statistics say. I didn’t have a picture but we had a good breakfast!

  2. I have a Rhode Island Red. She is 5 months old. She lays a double yoke several times a week! A couple of days ago she layer a huge egg with three yokes (ouch!) – what gives? Is she ok?

    • When they’re young they will often have some hormone imbalance which is why you get the double yolkers etc. She is fine and you will find that you will get less when she’s a bit older.

  3. This morning I crack 2 was a triple yoke..very excitimg..these Jumbo eggs were producing a lot of double my 75 years I have never had a triple

  4. I had my first triple today! I have been having doubles from my Cornish hens. I called one in the frying pan and it was double and the second was triple- was GREAT having five yolks! When I got them they said they were meat birds and won’t lay or just tiny little ones! Boy were they wrong! They lay giants every day and a soft shell too!

  5. I opened a triple yolk egg two mornings ago, I was just looking for superstitions about it. My uncle tells me it’s a bad omen. Another told me to buy a lottery ticket? But the egg was delicious!

  6. Our ducks have only just started to lay… but I must have a duck which lays triple yoked eggs! We’ve just had our second.. I’d never seen one before!

  7. I got a long egg, very unusuall looking. It was a double yolk. The next egg was the size of my turkey’s egg. It was a triple yolk. I now have another egg the same size as the turkey egg. I am holding off on breaking it as I have a friend who is in his 80’s and has never seen a triple yolk egg. I am going to bring it to him and crack it in his presence. I hope that this is one.

  8. Soooo, my wife brought in an egg from one of our 6 ladies three days ago. It was a bit larger than the others. Turns out yesterday it was a triple yoke egg. Knew it was uncommon but didn’t know it was 25 million to 1. Here is the really weird part. We got another triple yoke egg two days ago realizing this this morning. Two days in a row!! Same chicken! I would assume my odds are over 50 million to 1 since this happened two days in a row. Can’t wait to check tomorrow.

  9. We raise Ducks and sell their eggs to a food co-op near us. We just bought some new Pekin ducklings a few months ago and they are just starting to lay. We keep the cracked eggs in a separate container for us to eat here. My husband brought four of those eggs into the house to fry for breakfast. One of them had one yolk, two of them had two yolks, And the fourth one had three yolks. And that’s no yolk! What are the odds?

  10. Yes, I have a video of myself cracking it open onto a skillet, It was a triple Yolk from my 5 month old leghorn.. I’d love to share my video.

    • I don’t think it matters too much on the breed as long as they’re good layers. Most of the time the triple-yolkers are caused by hormone changes so hens just starting to lay, or those at the end of they laying cycle will more likely provide a tripl-yolk.

  11. Reading all these posts something worrying entered my mind!
    I’ve researched buying double-yolkers and they are sold by Waitrose in boxes of 6 for £2.65!
    If they are so rare, are Waitrose deliberately creating a “Hormonal Imbalance” in their birds of have the found another way of creating the correct (bodily) environment in Hens, Legally?

    • I would seriously doubt that. Double yolkers are fairly easy to spot/sort due to their larger size and you can also shine a bright light through them to check, so that could be how they do their quality control. When you think how many birds are involved in the UK egg business then there are bound to be a huge amount of double-yolkers.


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