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A double-yolker? — 6 Comments

  1. I have never raised chickens, and I have heard great things about it from some folks and awful things from others. Out of curiosity, what would happen to both yolks if the mama hen tried to hatch that egg? Would twin chicks come out of one egg that has double yolks?

    Do you have roosters that get very territorial, chase off people (like children) and want to peck the heck out of intruders including the two if you? Or is aggressiveness a variety related tendency?

    If you let the hens run free, do they lay their eggs everywhere so that you have to hunt them down? Or could it also be a variety tendency to want to protect their eggs better by laying inside the henhouse?

    • D > Assuming fertilization is effective for both, It’s theoretically possible for both to hatch, though they would be small. In practice, one would be stronger than the other, and indeed the weaker may die before, during or after hatching.
      We don’t have cockerels now, but it’s best to have only one cockerel per flock, and to keep flocks (and therefore cockerels) well apart. (In our case 3.5 miles apart – croft and walled garden.) Fights can draw blood – or worse. Cockerels that treat their (almost always male) owner as a rival or challenger usually has to be ‘dealt with’ : in 15 years there’s been only one of those.

    • J > Aggressiveness is mainly down to breed, but then there’s also bloodline and sometimes individuals ; but mainly it’s breed. Hens should be shut in at night, and let out mid morning, so that most eggs are laid around dusk and dawn. The nesting boxes need to appeal strongly to the hens, so that they prefer to lay eggs there. That said, there’s always one who disappears – assumed snatched away by an eagle – who reappears a month later with a clutch of ‘illicit’ chicks. Double yolk eggs : they are never selected for hatching in an incubator : we select eggs consistent in size – about average weight.

      • Thank you both! I only know how to cook chicken meat, not raise or hatch them.

        So you have only 1 rooster per flock of hens then. I bet he is mighty proud of his harem!

        Yes, I suspected that there would be some traits that would be breed related. I have only raised house cats; different breed! Lol, but cats are great companions.

        I have heard of children raising chicks by themselves and being closely bonded to them, enough that the grown up chicken happily accepts hugs and follow them around desiring their human companion’s company over other chickens in the flock.

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