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!
November 18, 2022
1 in 1,000? I just cracked 28 of them in a row.
January 09, 2023
That's quite an impressive lucky streak!
September 09, 2022
Last week I bought a dozen jumbo eggs at my local small town market and went 12 for 12 double yokes! I have proof! This week I bought 2 dozen I carton had 1 double yoke and the second carton went 10 for 12 double yokes! Is there a way to tell if an egg has a double yoke and they pack them all together as a joke?
We're so eggcited to hear that you have been getting so many double yolks. It's truly just a phenomenon that happens with many Super Jumbo size eggs. If you regularly buy our Jumbo size eggs, chances are you've bought many of our Super Jumbo cartons. One way to tell if you're likely to experience double yolks is to turn our Jumbo size cartons upside down. If you see small letter "SJ" imprinted into the bottom, you've got a Super Jumbo and are likely to see at least one double yolk in your carton!
Happy double yolk hunting!
August 04, 2022
I purchased my first carton of jumbo eggs, as they were out of the large that I typically buy. I was pleasantly surprised when the first one I cracked was double yolk. I’ve been absolutely astonished that the remaining 11 eggs also were double yolk. Headed to the casino.
May 11, 2022
We just opened a whole dozen "Jumbo" eggs with 2 yolks in each one!
May 13, 2022
Jumbo's are the best bet for double yolk eggs! Thanks for supporting our small family farms!
April 19, 2022
So far I've found 2 double yokes right next to each other so I'll see about tommorrow!
March 27, 2022
I have 5 month old Barred rocks and they are laying. I've already had 3 double yolks this week from 2 of the barred rocks
March 30, 2022
Wow! Sounds like you're going to have some eggcelent eggs in your future, Cathy! Enjoy the flock!
February 14, 2022
Don’t usually buy jumbo eggs but bought one dozen of them yesterday, and got my surprise: for the first time in my 64 years of blessed existence I’ve seen double yolk from one of the eggs. Then this morning my wife cracked two eggs to poach and all two of them had twin yolks! Wow! I’ve been taking pictures
December 15, 2021
You are saying this happens with jumbo large eggs, well we only but large eggs & found 2 eggs one right after the other with double yolks. Very first time this has ever happened & hope it brings good luck because what are the chances of rarely using eggs that my Husband would open 2 on the day we buy our weekly lottery tickets. tickets.
December 16, 2021
It sounds like you had a very lucky find indeed! We guess next you'll find a four leaf clover! :)
April 27, 2021
I BOUGHT A 18 COUNT JUMBO SIZE CARTON OF EGGS AND 10 OF THE 18 EGGS WERE DOUBLE YOLK. IF GOOD LUCK WHY HAVEN'T I WON THE LOTTERY? LOL
May 19, 2021
Woohoo! That certainly is a true blessing from the golden yolk gods!
March 28, 2021
Never before have I experienced a double yolk in a egg ....
It truly is a magical happening! We wish many double yolks to you and yours!
December 11, 2020
I have 4 brown Sex Links and have gotten 2 double yolkers!! One of the eggs was huge and over 70grams! I get so excited when I find one. (:
Wow! That's so exciting, Jason! It truly is amazing how unique each egg and chicken is.
November 21, 2020
I got a dozen of jumbo and all 12 were double! Though it was weird eating a double yolk boiled egg. !!
November 23, 2020
When you get all 12 to have double yolks, it usually means that the eggs came from the same hen or same flock! Glad to hear they were delicious!
November 12, 2020
I just cracked 3 and they were all doubles!
How exciting, Colleen! We hope you enjoyed.
October 27, 2020
I didn’t know that was a thing its true reading does make you smarter I hope I get one in my life🤞🏽
October 29, 2020
Lol I just got 3 in a row
Wow! That's awesome!
October 28, 2020
We hope you get one, too! We find the majority of double yolks are in larger eggs so buying our XL or Jumbo eggs should hopefully increase your chances. Best of luck!
September 19, 2020
I mostly use Dutch Farms large size eggs. One egg that I opened today had a double yolk. My wife Googled about it and it said one in every thousand eggs will be a double yolk.
September 21, 2020
Yes, it is pretty rare indeed. It's much more common to find double-yolks in jumbo sized eggs as well.
August 08, 2020
I bought a 24 egg cartoon at Coscto and all 24 were double yokes
There is no way that’s true🙄
That is so true because I bought 20 jumbo eggs and 19 of them would double yolks so that is so true
I found 3 back to back tonight
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!