Words by: Tom Piper
Have you ever cracked an egg with a double yolk? Lucky you! Ever cracked into several eggs in your dozen to find double yolks in more than one? A fan did recently, and he wrote to us in amazement to find out why. Here’s what we shared:
Double yolks are fairly rare – you might find them in 1 of every 1,000 eggs. These eggs typically come from our younger hens who are still just learning how to lay eggs.
Double-yolked eggs also tend to be very large. They are usually graded ‘Super Jumbo.’ Eggs identified as Super Jumbo are too large for our packing machine to pack into cartons, so they are moved to the hand packing station. At Pete & Gerry’s, these eggs are still labeled as Jumbos, even though they are technically Super Jumbos. As our team fills Jumbo egg cartons with the Super Jumbo eggs, of which more than 50% of which will include an extra yolk, that makes something fairly rare in nature suddenly appear rather common.
So if you crack open a Pete & Gerry’s egg and find a double yolk, you’ll actually be pretty likely to find another ‘eggstra’ yolk or two in that same dozen. And because those cartons are hand packed and placed in cases together, you could find a whole grocery display of Jumbo dozens that have a high likelihood of containing a double-yolked egg or two!
August 08, 2020
I bought a 24 egg cartoon at Coscto and all 24 were double yokes
August 10, 2020
Wow! That might be a record!
August 07, 2020
We have hens that lay a double yoke eggs every day and we wish they wouldn't
Hi Daniel, we're sorry to hear that you have too many double-yolkers coming these days. If your birds are on the young side, they may still grow out of this.
July 15, 2020
My wife has just cracked the 12th double yolk in row. How unusual is this?
July 16, 2020
Double yolk eggs are fairly rare (about 1/1000) and tend to be very, very large - in fact, they’re typically graded as “super jumbos” due to their size. These eggs primarily come from younger flocks that are just learning how to lay eggs. All of the farm fresh eggs go through the sorting machine together and, once they are identified as super jumbos, are sent to the first packing station where they are hand packed because they are too big for the machine to pack. They are then packaged as jumbos, even though they are technically super jumbos. All day the hand packing station runs, filling jumbo cartons with super jumbos. These super jumbos are over 50% double yolks. As these cartons are filled, they all go into the same case. So, even though they are rare, double yolk eggs often wind up in the same cartons.
We hope this helps explain why you encountered multiple double yolks, but please let us know if we can answer any follow-up questions.
June 16, 2020
I hard boiled 6 eggs and when I sliced them in half to make deviled eggs I had one double yoke. Hard boiled it looked really weird and made a fun deviled egg. An old farmer told me it means good luck.
June 17, 2020
How neat, Joe! We like to think they are lucky as well--and double the deliciousness. Wishing you more double yolk experiences like this.
May 19, 2020
Just cracked the last egg in the carton bought from Woolworths which were 12 Double yokes
May 20, 2020
Wow! That might be a record, Trevor. That's pretty cool!
May 18, 2020
I had twins 2 days in a row
That's awesome, Eric! It's a great thing, especially for folks who like yolks as much as we do.
April 25, 2020
The first 4 out of a batch of 6 have had double yolks. Can wait to break open the other 2
April 27, 2020
That's awesome, Brian! We always get excited about double yolks too.
April 14, 2020
We literally just had a whole dozen eggs all come out with a double yolk!
April 16, 2020
Sounds like a lucky day, Meghan!
December 28, 2019
I bought jumbo eggs and the first four I cracked had double yolks , going to buy a lotto ticket today haha
Sounds like you've got a lucky batch, Leanne! Good luck on the lottery ticket! 😊
July 17, 2019
Jumbo has them all the time. Not a rarity.
July 18, 2019
Many folks do tend to find them in our jumbo eggs! We hope you're enjoying the extra golden goodness, Eddie.
April 20, 2019
8 in 1 carton of super jumbos
April 22, 2019
While it's pretty normal to get maybe one or two in the Jumbos, 8 might just be a record, Vin!
April 05, 2019
Looking for double your eggs
April 21, 2019
Come to my house we have had 6 of them so far in this carton!
Lucky you, Deanna! We hope you keep enjoying those extra special eggs.
Hi Phyllis! While we don't have any cartons that are guaranteed to have double yolks, the best chance of finding one of those fun surprises in your carton is definitely to get our Jumbo sized eggs. If you need some help finding where you can get our Jumbo eggs near you, please email us at [email protected] and we would be happy to help you out!