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09-28-2009, 04:18 AM
I'm both amazed and put off by my breakfast. I cracked open an egg just now to have with my beans and two yolks came out. At least the yolks are small, so it won't be like consuming double the calories!

Has anyone experienced this? Is it safe to eat?

09-28-2009, 04:36 AM
i've never seen it. but google brought me this interesting website of egg oddities.

also looks like it's common when buying the jumbo sized eggs. and with young hens who haven't been laying for long.

it would freak me out though.

09-28-2009, 05:12 AM
I used to have that happen all the time when I ate eggs. Never thought it was unusual.

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09-28-2009, 06:12 AM
I think its fine. I remember some kind of mythology around 2 yolks when I was a child growing up in England being a sign or omen of something, but i cant remember what :dizzy:

09-28-2009, 07:06 AM
We used to think getting a 'double yolker' was good luck when I was growing up and it was not that uncommon.


09-28-2009, 07:11 AM
Yes, it was definitely more common when I was growing up and was considered good luck. I haven't seen one in many years.

09-28-2009, 07:12 AM
I never experienced two yolks in one egg, but it would be quite interesting if it happened to me.

09-28-2009, 07:32 AM
We buy our eggs from a local farm and every so often get a dozen with several double yolks. It's not that unusual with eggs from small farms. When we were kids we always wanted the doubles.

09-28-2009, 08:04 AM
My grandmother always said something good was going to happen to you the day you got a double. SO count this as your lucky day!

09-28-2009, 09:50 AM
I'm both amazed and put off by my breakfast. I cracked open an egg just now to have with my beans and two yolks came out. At least the yolks are small, so it won't be like consuming double the calories!

Has anyone experienced this? Is it safe to eat?

Twins!! Had it happen to me a couple years ago, I even snapped a photo of it when it happened. I ate it.

09-28-2009, 10:38 AM
I have my own chickens, so I can assure you that there is nothing wrong with the egg. It happens to us all the time. As BornToFly says, those are twins!

09-28-2009, 10:50 AM
Wow, I didn't know it was common. I've never seen it before. I ended up calling my boyfriend about it. He also said it was a sign of good luck.

This egg was an extra large from M&S. I wonder if the other 5 eggs will be twins.

09-28-2009, 10:54 AM
When I was growing up, I remember it happening quite often (and my grandma also told us it was good luck), but I almost never see it anymore.

I'm guessing that the reason it doesn't happen very often with commercial eggs anymore is that they are probably usually "caught" during the processing. Either a computer-run scanning device or a human being "candles" the egg (shines a light on the egg and looks inside), and separates the imperfect eggs to use for egg beaters or other egg products.

Another thing you'll sometimes see (and don't seem to see anymore, unless you're buying eggs fresh from the farm) is a tiny spot of blood in the yolk. When we were kids, we were told that those were developing chickies (which isn't true, as commercial eggs are virtually always unfertilized).

Later I learned from watching the food channel that those little flecks of blood are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface during formation of the egg or by a similar accident in the wall of the oviduct.

From googling, I found this information: "Mass candling methods reveal most eggs with blood spots and those eggs are removed but, even with electronic spotters, it is impossible to catch all of them. As an egg ages, the yolk takes up water from the albumen to dilute the blood spot so, in actuality, a blood spot indicates that the egg is fresh. Both chemically and nutritionally, these eggs are fit to eat. The spot can be removed with the tip of a knife, if you wish."

My grandmother never removed them, and my mother always did, except when the eggs were going to be beaten anyway (or boiled, obviously, since you wouldn't know it contained a spot). I've followed my mom in that regard.

09-28-2009, 12:04 PM
This happened to me this morning as well!! Freaky!! I had never seen twins before... lol

09-28-2009, 12:12 PM
You're fine, our hens will give us a couple like that every now and then. It's like Christmas for your breakfast.

09-28-2009, 01:12 PM
It certainly isn't unusual and it isn't double the calories. Most people love it when they get a double yolk. I was raised on a farm and had them often.

09-28-2009, 01:14 PM
I see them from time to time. I think it's kind of cool :)

Once in a blue moon I will get a bloody egg and I just can't bring myself to cook it.

09-28-2009, 04:51 PM
Ha! Reminded me of this

Luckily it was only 2 yolks and not an egg within an egg :o

09-28-2009, 06:18 PM
As stated, it happens regularly. If I get a double yolk, I eat it anyway. 2 for the price of 1. ;)