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Egg Yolks – Two for the Price of One

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!

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John Booth

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?

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[email protected]

September 09, 2022

Hi John, 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!

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Rocky Hodges

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.

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Betty Orgera

May 11, 2022

We just opened a whole dozen "Jumbo" eggs with 2 yolks in each one!

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Marco

May 13, 2022

Jumbo's are the best bet for double yolk eggs! Thanks for supporting our small family farms!

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Cheryl

April 19, 2022

So far I've found 2 double yokes right next to each other so I'll see about tommorrow!

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Cathy Pike

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

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[email protected]

March 30, 2022

Wow! Sounds like you're going to have some eggcelent eggs in your future, Cathy! Enjoy the flock!

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Cesar

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

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Susan

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.

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[email protected]

December 16, 2021

Hello Susan, It sounds like you had a very lucky find indeed! We guess next you'll find a four leaf clover! :)

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CECELIA

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

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[email protected]

May 19, 2021

Woohoo! That certainly is a true blessing from the golden yolk gods!

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Joe

March 28, 2021

Never before have I experienced a double yolk in a egg ....

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[email protected]

May 19, 2021

It truly is a magical happening! We wish many double yolks to you and yours!

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Jason A

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. (:

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[email protected]

December 11, 2020

Wow! That's so exciting, Jason! It truly is amazing how unique each egg and chicken is.

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Jose

November 21, 2020

I got a dozen of jumbo and all 12 were double! Though it was weird eating a double yolk boiled egg. !!

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Marco

November 23, 2020

Hey Jose, 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!

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Colleen

November 12, 2020

I just cracked 3 and they were all doubles!

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[email protected]

November 12, 2020

How exciting, Colleen! We hope you enjoyed.

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London

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🤞🏽

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Turbomaqq

October 29, 2020

Lol I just got 3 in a row

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[email protected]

October 29, 2020

Wow! That's awesome!

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[email protected]

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!

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Thomas L Holford

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.

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[email protected]

September 21, 2020

Yes, it is pretty rare indeed. It's much more common to find double-yolks in jumbo sized eggs as well.

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Jerie rich

August 08, 2020

I bought a 24 egg cartoon at Coscto and all 24 were double yokes

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London

October 27, 2020

There is no way that’s true🙄

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Susan Burns

November 23, 2020

That is so true because I bought 20 jumbo eggs and 19 of them would double yolks so that is so true

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Turbomaqq

October 29, 2020

I found 3 back to back tonight

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[email protected]

August 10, 2020

Wow! That might be a record!

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Daniel Corr

August 07, 2020

We have hens that lay a double yoke eggs every day and we wish they wouldn't

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[email protected]

August 07, 2020

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.

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Malcolm Roberts

July 15, 2020

My wife has just cracked the 12th double yolk in row. How unusual is this?

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[email protected]

July 16, 2020

Hi Malcom, 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.

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Joe H

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.

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[email protected]

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.

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Trevor Palmer

May 19, 2020

Just cracked the last egg in the carton bought from Woolworths which were 12 Double yokes

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[email protected]

May 20, 2020

Wow! That might be a record, Trevor. That's pretty cool!

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Eric

May 18, 2020

I had twins 2 days in a row

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[email protected]

May 18, 2020

That's awesome, Eric! It's a great thing, especially for folks who like yolks as much as we do.

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Brian Jones

April 25, 2020

The first 4 out of a batch of 6 have had double yolks. Can wait to break open the other 2

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[email protected]

April 27, 2020

That's awesome, Brian! We always get excited about double yolks too.

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Meghan

April 14, 2020

We literally just had a whole dozen eggs all come out with a double yolk!

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Deneé@peteandgerrys

April 16, 2020

Sounds like a lucky day, Meghan!

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Leanne

December 28, 2019

I bought jumbo eggs and the first four I cracked had double yolks , going to buy a lotto ticket today haha

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[email protected]

December 28, 2019

Sounds like you've got a lucky batch, Leanne! Good luck on the lottery ticket! 😊

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Eddie

July 17, 2019

Jumbo has them all the time. Not a rarity.

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[email protected]

July 18, 2019

Many folks do tend to find them in our jumbo eggs! We hope you're enjoying the extra golden goodness, Eddie.

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Vin

April 20, 2019

8 in 1 carton of super jumbos

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[email protected]

April 22, 2019

While it's pretty normal to get maybe one or two in the Jumbos, 8 might just be a record, Vin!

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Phyllis black

April 05, 2019

Looking for double your eggs

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Deanna Murphy

April 21, 2019

Come to my house we have had 6 of them so far in this carton!

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[email protected]

April 22, 2019

Lucky you, Deanna! We hope you keep enjoying those extra special eggs.

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[email protected]

April 05, 2019

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!

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