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By Nellie's Kindness Crew
Have you ever cracked into an egg with a double yolk? Lucky you! Ever cracked into several eggs in your dozen to find double yolks in more than one egg? It might seem like finding a four leaf clover, but there is actually a reason this happens fairly often.
By themselves, 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 learning how to lay eggs.
As you might expect, double yolked egg shells tend to be pretty big. In fact, 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 Nellie’s, these eggs are still labeled as Jumbos, even though they are technically Super Jumbos. As the hand packers fill their Jumbo egg cartons with Super Jumbos, more than 50% of those will include an extra yolk. So that makes something fairly rare in nature suddenly appear rather common, simply because they have all been grouped together during the packing process and put into the same cartons.
So if you crack open a Nellie’s egg and find a double yolk, you’ll actually be pretty likely to find another ‘eggstra’ yolk or two in your 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!
One of the last two eggs in the Nellie’s carton that I cracked revealed a nice surprise, three yolks in one egg. Tripe yolks rule!
Hi Jackie, sounds like you hit the jackpot! We love hearing stories like this, thanks for sharing!
I just found four double yolks in my first four eggs! Until I read this I thought it was a one-in-a-trillion day for me, since I read that finding one was one in a thousand (1000x1000x1000x1000). Looking forward to cracking into the rest of the carton!
Hi Jordan, we're so eggcited to hear that you hit the jackpot! :)
I’ve been cracking into double egg yolks for a few days now, six so far in a row. Cherry Lane family farms (large brown) from Trader Joe’s. I went out and Purchase lotto tickets.
Sounds like a good idea to us, Dwaine! Good Luck!
very interesting. thank you.
You're very welcome Kera!
Amazing! I’ve gotten 3 double egg yolks in a row this week! I should probably go buy a lottery ticket! 😉
Hi Kiki, we agree that you've gotten some rare luck! :)
First 5 in my box of 10 are double yolkers I am amazed😂😂
Sounds like a lucky batch to us, Glen!
I started buying Nellies eggs from my local Central Market store about 6 months ago and I absolutely love the taste and quality of them. I purchased a fresh carton of jumbo eggs on yesterday and the first 3 I cracked in the dozen were double yoke! What a find, and I have 9 more eggs to go :-)
Hi Victor, thanks for sharing your experience with us! We're so glad you've been enjoying our eggs!
Bought a couple dozen eggs. Large but on the small size for large. Just cracked the tenth double yolk egg from that carton. Eggs are from national chain store. What are the odds.
Sounds like a lucky batch to us, Adam! Thanks for reaching out.
I haven’t found a double yolk since I was a kid (42 now ) . A few weeks ago I was cooking my nellies eggs and had a double yolk , and was so excited to show my kids that have never seen one .
What a great story Chrystal! Thank you for sharing with us :)
"Egg"stra interesting post and comments. Sorry, couldn't help feeling "punny;" story made me "egg"tra sunny.
Hi Lorraine! No need to apologize to us for feeling punny, we love an eggscellent pun!
We've found double yolks twice! Thank you for letting us know how this happens.
That is so eggsciting!
I once bought a dozen eggs (not Nellies) and everyone one of them was a double yoke! What are the chances??
Hi Nancy, that is quite the interesting story! We're not entirely sure how other egg companies' production practices work, but we can safely say that you have been one lucky egg customer! :)
One time my mom found on that had three. She even called me so excited because she said that it was us. Her three children. Lol also said had to eat them though. 🥰
We are so happy to hear that!
Having trouble finding Nellies eggs in my area
Hi Kathleen, Could you send us an email about this issue? We would be happy to help you there!
As a kid we had chickens, and were always thrilled to find a double yolk. More yolky goodness for Mom’ s fab buttermilk biscuits
Hi Brenda, Thanks for sharing a little tidbit into your life! It means a lot to us that our consumers stories are a lot like ours!
We're glad you enjoyed it Candace!
Our family always considered it a good luck omen. When we cracked open a “twin” we knew we were going to have a special day.
That is an eggscellent way to look at it! We love that!
I haven’t found a double yolk yet but now I will certainly be more on the lookout! Thanks for the neat information!
You are totally welcome Michele!
We sure thought so!
Now j want to go out and buy the extra large eggs (are extra large and jumbo different?)
Hi Jess, Extra large have a specified weight requirement as per the FDA. Jumbos are classified as anything higher than that amount
Double yolk is best for Folk
The village people love a good double yolk!
We are glad you enjoyed it!
This is a great and very fun article! Thanks for the information.
We're so glad we could help Cristina!
Interesting! I can't get the "jumbo" eggs...only large and extra large.
Do you think the plastic cartons are more recyclable than the cardboard??
Yes! We've actually written about our cartons here: https://fal.cn/3mZ1r Please let us know if we can answer any additional questions for you!
I like the egg
We're so glad you're enjoying them. Thank you for choosing free range!
I always wondered how some eggs were what I call a double yolker. Thanks for the explanation. All I can find in my area are large, but I don't care because the flavor is amazing!
We're so glad you're enjoying our eggs, Wanda! Perhaps filling out a request form at the store can help bring those jumbo eggs to your store!
Never knew that! Too bad my store only carries Nellie’s large eggs.
Hi Tracie! We'd suggest filling out a request form for those jumbos to be carried at your store!
I love your eggs so Especially when I get the Double yolk love of those.
Hi Natalie, We are so happy to hear it! Thanks for choosing Nellies Free Range!
Wish I could find them! Never see Jumbo, only XL rarely
Hi Diane, Our jumbos are less frequent than our other eggs so we don't have large distribution. We are glad that you choose our farms to fuel your family!
This is amazing to me because I never had a clue how the double yokes came about.
We are so happy you found this informational!
That was interesting!
We are glad you liked it!
Finding a double yolk is always a treat!
It truly is!
Love love Nellie's eggs.
Yes, I found double yokes in my cartoons of eggs before. Just thought it's was odd
Hi Debbie, We are so happy to hear that you love our eggs! Thanks for choosing our farms!
I always thought it was because there were suppose to be twin chicks
There is some truth to that as well, Jessy!
Thank you for explaining how these double yolks happen. If the egg was fertile could there be twins? has that ever happened?
Hi Vickie, We don't have fertilized eggs on our farms but we do know in very rare cases, hens can lay twins!
That’s really interesting. I’ll have to look for the XL eggs
We can't wait to hear how you enjoy them, John!
LOVE your eggs!
We're so glad to hear that Nancy! Thank you for choosing free range!
Hadn't seen a double yolk egg since I was a kid (current age 63) and then found two in one dozen of Nellie's extra large! It does feel special when it happens :)
Hi Carolyn! We're so eggscited to hear this! :)
Not sure brand but in one dozen, a friend found multiple eggs with two yolks and one with 3 yolks so far. In the same dozen! This is in Manitoba CDN. He's not finished with the dozen yet!
Hi Deborah! Wow, sounds like a lucky batch indeed!
Wow in my 60 years never seen one until now but after reading your post I see how common it is on a Jumbo sized eggs. I still will buy a lotto today. Lol!
We're eggscited to hear this!
Ok this article helps me a lot I had a jumbo carton of 12 eggs and every single one I cracked they had double yolks!! I thought I got very lucky 🍀 but when I read this passage I found out that it’s very common in jumbo sized eggs!!
Hi Kyra, we still think you lucked out! :)
I always buy "Jumbo eggs" at the supermarket. Last year, one carton contained 8 double yolk eggs. I've always wondered why that was so, and after reading this article, now I know.
Glad to see that we helped you learn something new and fun! :)
Hi yesterday i cracked open 2 eggs and both were double yoke
We are so happy to hear this! You hit the jackpot!
what are the odds of having double yolks on 3 eggs out of a half dozen as i did? what is going on with your chickens? eggs are yummy btw.
Hi Norman, while double yolks are fairly rare, they do occur the most often in our jumbo cartons. We tend to see a very large grade of egg we call "super jumbos" that generally come from our younger flocks who are still learning how to lay eggs. These super jumbos all get hand-packed once they are identified by the sorting machine, because they are too large to be machine-packed, and they get packed in our jumbo cartons. These "super jumbos" tend to be about 50% double yolks. Once these cartons get packed, they all go into the same case. So, even though they are rare, double yolk eggs often end up in the same carton.
Today I cracked open 3 doubled eggs in a row. My boyfriends friend Justin came over said he's never seen one. I had another large egg in the carton, I cracked it open for him and sure enough another doubled egg. So I cracked open 4 doubled eggs in a row.
Hi Stacey, wow it was quite your lucky day! We're happy to hear that you've had eggscellent luck finding double yolks :).
this morning I found a double yoke (my first ever encounter) when getting ready to make my classic avocado toast + fried egg combo! cooked beautifully & made me feel so lucky :)
Hi Molly, we're so happy to hear that you hit the yoke jackpot! Here's to finding many more :).
Got my first ever double yoke today!
Hi Mike! We're so eggs-cited to hear about your first double yolk! Hope you find more in the future! :)
Just boiled a carton of eggs discovered 3 double yokes
Hi David! You are one lucky fellow! Double yolks are relatively rare, so enjoy! :)
Hi just wondering where I can buy doble yolks eggs? Any recommendations?
Hey there Wilson, we would love to answer this question for you! Double yolk eggs are fairly rare(about 1 in 1000), and they tend to be rather large eggs. In fact, they tend to be graded "super jumbo" in size as they are being processed. We don't sell "super jumbo" cartons however, so they get put in with the "jumbos". Therefore, if you search for our jumbo packs, you will have a good chance of finding some double yolks. Hope this helps!
I bought half a dozen eggs on November 2nd, 2021, each egg had double yolks all six of them, I was amazed.
Hi Tina! You sure are lucky to have experienced that many double yolks at once! Double yolks are actually pretty rare, only about 1 in 1000 occur. So it seems that fate smiled on you :). We hope you keep enjoying our eggs, double or single yolks.
I just bought three dozen from a local seller, every single egg was doubled yoked, and he had many more dozens to sell the same.
Wow Cheryl! Sounds like you received some lucky batches!
I got one today in a Large dozen pack. I have never seen one in 47 years. It's a good day! Amen.
Alright! We're so happy to hear you found a double yolk egg in you carton, a lucky day, indeed!
I got one today while making peanut butter fudge brownies for my son and the skaters!! Premier video night!
Alright! We hope the crew enjoyed their yummy treats, there's nothing like a film premier brownie session!
I am in egg 10 and all have had double yolks so far! Had to video the opening of #9 and 10. Will do the same for 11 and 12:)
Wow, that's a tru treasure trove you have there! Enjoy!
I had to Google what twin egg yolks were the other night I had 2 in my dozen, tonight I had 5 more twin yolks in my dozen, I thought 1 was rare but 7 out of 12 really rare, I have pictures to
That's an amazing find, Claire! Thanks for choosing free range for all of your double yolks!
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My Breakfast This Morning
A Double Yolk
A great reason to feel special! Enjoy!
What is the nutrition content of a double yoke egg vs that of a normal egg in a jumbo package? Kindly advise. Thank you.
Great question! The yolks of a double yolk egg are typically each a bit smaller than a single yolk, so the nutritional value is about that of a regular jumbo egg. Also, the rule of thumb in baking is to treat a double yolk egg as just one. We hope this helps!
6 of 6 so far from the same Dozen, having never seen this before. Triple Double Yolk Trouble... Breakfast has never been so eggciting.
Sounds like an 'eggciting' batch Lorey! Thanks for picking up a carton of our free range eggs!
Found two double yolks the other day. Blew my mind! I photographed the first one but was so overcome with wonder that I did not photograph the second. Good to know I can pick up some Jumbo Nellie’s to try and recreate the experience and get that sweet pic.
Wow! Sounds like you got to experience a lucky batch, Patrick! Thanks for choosing free range and for sharing your experience!
The first 5 out of six eggs had double yolks! Waiting to find out about the remaining 6.
Sounds like a true blessing from the golden yolk gods!
My first double yolk today! It was the 1st egg out of my new dozen!
What a lucky day! So glad to hear you got some double yolk blessings in your carton!
Right! Found 3 double yolked eggs in 1 carton of large Trader Joe's cage free eggs. I call them my twins!
Nothing better than a triple double yolk day!
While preparing deviled eggs today I gasped when I found a double yolked egg. Only 2x in my life have I seen one. Happy Memorial Day to all of our Military, past, present and future
Sounds like a lucky batch, Crystal. Hope you enjoy your day!
Thank goodness you wrote this! 11/12 double yolks! We were going to start playing the lottery. I was hoping for 12/12!!!
It sounds like the golden yolk gods were on your side!
I swear I just found two in a row from the same dozen. I had never heard of it so here I am. Gonna be a weird day I guess lol
We think it's going to be a GREAT day!
I don't like egg yolks so my father always got a double yolk egg and I ate my egg whites in the kitchen!
Sounds like a win for everyone!
Thanks for all the great info. These comments are all very positive too! Except one (March 6 2021). It's funny because that one stinky comment is from someone named Karin. What are the odds? Probably about the same odds as finding a bunch of double yolks in a dozen jumbos... haha.
You're very welcome, we hope you get some double yolk love in your cartons!
I opened a 6 pack yesterday and hard boiled all of them. Every one was a double! I feel love Le I had a great blessing!
What a lucky draw! Thank you for choosing free range in the egg aisle!
I found a double yolk in my carton of large eggs so now I feel DOUBLY lucky! Thanks for a fun Sunday brunch!
What a great and special start to your Sunday!
I am so lucky that my farm is having more of double egg. Thank you for information😇
It's always so fun to get a double yolk! You're welcome!
Bought a dozen jumbo eggs and of the 12, 8 where double yolks. Im still waiting on hitting the Mega Million jackpot.
Wow! It Certainly sounds like you've got a lucky batch, Eric! Good luck on that Mega Millions jackpot!
My sister sent us a picture of a double yolk egg she cracked open this morning. I quickly searched for an intelligent response as the eldest brother sibling. Thanks for sharing
Hi Mark! We're so glad we could help - we make a good team!
Thank you for my lucky double-yolk egg I just opened! My very first! I made an egg sandwich for dinner tonight, and I love your yummy eggs! Best wishes to you!
Hi Lisa, We hope it was delicious! Thanks for choosing Nellie's!
I would think the hens are being given hormones to do this.
EVERY egg in my carton of jumbo eggs had double yolks.
That's not usual for hens that are not being given chemicals.
I will switch to another brand that adheres strictly to conditions that support health of the hens naturally.
Hi Karin, We want to assure you that we never give our hens hormones. Eggs are packed by weight, and double yolks are the heaviest eggs when we pack them. This is why they are packaged together.
Hi my chicken Sadie lays double yoked eggs fairly regularly. She is a young chicken so maybe that’s why. I am very proud of her!
We are so proud of her too!
I found double yolks in 4 eggs today. 3/3/21
Sounds like you should play the lottery later this week! Thanks for choosing our eggs!
Well I might be extremely lucky. I have recently bought a dozen eggs and so far the first six of the eggs are all double yolks....
Being on a high-protein diet this is even more of a bonus!
Sounds eggcelent, Spike! Thanks for choosing our eggs!
When will you offer your eggs in plastic free packaging? (aka cardboard cartons?)
Hi Clare! Great question. We've actually chosen these cartons because they are better for the environment throughout their lifecycle. We hope you'll take a peek at our other blog posting for more details about why we have chosen them: https://fal.cn/3dbJZ Please let us know if we can answer any additional questions for you!
So glad you enjoyed the egg-cation, Carrie!
Where is my best chance of getting a tray of double yolk jumbo close to 94192
Hey Clarence, Double yolks are very sporadic, so there is not one particular store that would have a better chance of having them than another. It all depends on the individual hens!
I’m a pick up from my dads days of raising chickens, it’s been 20+years, I remember some of the tricks my dad taught me with free ranging my hens! The biggest problem I have is my wife wants the cockadoodle doos every morning but I want clean eggs what to do?
What wonderful memories, Skip. We believe that the best eggs come from happy healthy hens. If you have the resources to raise your own chickens and ensure they get the love and care they deserve, that is wonderful. If you decide that's just too much, that's okay too. That's why, at Nellie's Free Range Eggs, we raise our hens in small flocks where they are able to roam on grassy pastures throughout the day. Wishing you the best!
I just finished my dozen Nellie’s eggs. There were eleven double yolks out of the twelve eggs.
Wow! Sounds like you hit the jackpot on this dozen, Karen!
I get eggs fro a farm in Duncan BC. I am on my second dozen of eggs that are all double yolkers. Does this mean that they are higher in cholesterol?
Hi Dick, that is correct. Since there are two yolks in the egg, the egg will likely contain higher nutritional properties than an egg with a single yolk. However, it's difficult to tell exactly what those values will be, given that each egg and yolk is unique. If you have any concerns about your cholesterol intake we recommend consulting with your doctor.
I just made scambled eggs and cracked 4 eggs.All 4 were double yoke. I think the rest of them are too. It was funny when I purchased the eggs extra large I thought the package felt very heavy. I hope the superstition brings me good luck nothing else. Lol
That's awesome, Alie! We sure hope so too.
I received an entire cartoon of double yolk eggs. Just purchased another batch and after several normal eggs found a double yolk. I think before this, I've only seen 1 double yolk in my entire life.
Wow! Sounds like you sure hit the jackpot, Maria. Might these have been our Jumbo size eggs?
I have been buying jumbo eggs from WalMart for the past year or so. Yes I do get lucky to get double yolkers. But have you ever heard of someone getting a triple yolker. I got a triple yolker from WalMart last year. Do you know if anyone else was lucky enough to get a triple yolker.
Those are incredibly rare, Virginia! It sounds like you were having a seriously lucky day (or working up some eggcellent magic). Congratulations on your unique find!
Just had one of your dozens in which 8 of the eggs were double yolkers!
Wow! Sounds like you had a lucky batch, Niko!
Since there are two yolks, would that affect a recipe that calls for a certain amount of egg whites?
Hi Alexandra, great question! With most recipes you should be fine, as the bigger yolk tends to balance out the overall larger size of the egg. However, if you have a scale you can always measure by weight: 1 egg white = 30g or 1 oz. We hope this helps!
I cracked a double yolk on Tuesday, but I have yet to see my luck turning. When will I see something amazing soon?
Hi Ivonne! We can't say for sure, but we'll be hoping that you encounter something amazing soon!
Where in the Brentwood area nellies eggs sold?
Hi Jeannette! We're not sure what state you're in, but we hope you'll take a peek at our egg locator to see what stores have our eggs. They can be found nationwide, so there's a great chance they are near you! https://www.nelliesfreerange.com/where-to-buy-free-range-eggs Please let us know if we can assist further!
Got six in a row from one of your cartons today! It was an awesome surprise. :)
Wow, it seems you certainly got lucky!
Hi, does a double yolk effectively mean that the birds, if left to hatch naturally, would become identical twins? 😆
HI Andy, great question! It is essentially possible for this to happen in a backyard flock, but our eggs are not fertilized, so without that, no egg will hatch into a chick. Thanks for the great question!
Wow that’s amazing good to know 😊👍🏻
We're so glad to have helped provide some information, Amy! Thanks for taking the time to reach out!
A couple months ago I had nine double-yolked eggs in one carton but I haven't had any double-yolked eggs since.
Hi Andrew! That's a lot of double yolkers in one carton. Generally we find when we have some younger flocks we'll have a higher percentage of double yolkers. Hopefully you'll see some again soon! Thanks for choosing our eggs.
I have did get several duoble yokes in my dozen of your eggs! I just love Nellies Eggs, and now I know why I am getting double yokes, younger hens! I love you Nellies Eggs!
Hi Bonnie! Thanks for the feedback on the article and for supporting our small family farms!
Hi there! I just cracked open my 9th double yolk in the same Nellie’s dozen! These are not labeled “Jumbo” however, but rather “Extra Large” is this considered the same size category? At any rate, I do have a question about these anomalies that I am surprised no one has asked or acknowledged here yet: can the double yolk eggs be used the same way for baking or would you suggest removing one of the yolks for this? Thank you!
Hi Sarah! It is very possible that we may have had some 'extra' jumbos that we packaged in extra large cartons. If you'd like to send us an email to: [email protected] with the carton use by date information, we'd be more than happy to check! As for baking with double yolkers, really it all comes down to size. If your recipe calls for egg yolks only, you need to pay attention to the yolk size. Sometimes your double yolkers will have half-size yolks, so two would count as one. But if they are full-size, you’d count them as two separate yolks. For full eggs in a recipe, just go by weight. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if we can assist further!
Double yolks in nature occur at a rate of about 1/1000. Even grouping eggs by size would not account for having up to 50% of a carton as double yolks. Something fishy is going on...
Hi Nick! We actually partner with quite a few family farmers across the U.S. and we have many chickens in each flock. This means we have a plethora of eggs coming to us and once they're sorted in the line into superjumbos, we have quite a few that will all go into the same containers. So although it's statistically low overall to encounter double yolks, we have many Nellie's hens and this can account for multiple double yolks in a carton!
As a loyal consumer and a great lover of Nellie's eggs, we should always have the right to have 2 egg yolks.😂😂😂🤪
You're cracking us up, Loides! Sometimes, it's just the luck of the draw - hopefully you'll get some double yolks soon.
Very interesting article. I bought your eggs (jumbos) at my supermarket "Stop and Shop" and so far 4 of the eggs in my carton had double yolks. I'm expecting that the rest of the batch in that carton will come this way as well :)
We love to hear this, Naomi! It sounds like you have one lucky streak. We're glad we could provide an explanation for the phenomenon!
Just had 3 double eggs from batch of six. Is that rare. Havnt cracked other 3
Hi there, Adrian. It's actually not that unusual, especially if you've got jumbo eggs. Because the eggs are larger, we need to hand package them together so they do not become crushed. It is likely that these eggs were packaged at the same time. Hope this helps to answer your question!
I just finished a dozen that were all double yokes.
It must be your lucky day, Ken! We hope you enjoyed your extra yolky breakfast.
Well this is my fun fact for the day! My dozen so far is at a 50% rate for double yolks!
Wow! Sounds like you've got a lucky carton, Pamela! 😊
My mother gets these Hugh eggs at the deli , many have double yolks. My sister and I were fearful to eat these eggs because we thought the chickens were being feed hormones.
Could that be possible?
Great question, Laura. Our hens are never given hormones, so there's no need to worry when you come across a double yolk. They're typically a result of younger hens simply learning how to lay eggs!
Found my first double yolk today. And yes it was a Nellie’s! Poached and seasoned with fresh dill, twice a yummy 😋
Lucky you, Laurie! It sounds like it made for a delicious meal.
Gee! I thought they were twin chickens! LOL
Hi Debbie! We don't offer fertilized eggs for sale, so one of our eggs would not hatch, but if you had a backyard farm with a rooster it may be possible. We do think it's a fun bonus to receive a double yolk in a carton though.
yes I too experienced one egg that had a double yolk, it was quite a surprise!
You're one lucky duck, Alice!
I have never tried the double yoke eggs but I love to try them.
They're pretty cool, Janice! Consumers tend to find them in our jumbo eggs, so if that size is available where you shop, that's a great place to start.
Love Nellies eggs, especially with a coupon!
The hens appreciate your support, Christine!
My last 2 cartons were full of double yolks!
It must be your lucky day, Jaya! We bet that was a pretty exciting experience.
Great little story. I enjoyed it. I've come across a "double yolker" before. Kinda interesting that they are about 1 in 1000. Nellies eggs are great tasting. Better than the others.
We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed learning about double yolks, Shelley. It's pretty exciting to come across one, and we're glad that you got to have that experience!
I once had 5 double-yolked eggs in one of your cartons. Thought I'd died and gone to heaven, haha.
You're one lucky gal, Sue! We bet those double yolkers were delicious.
Hi, I hope this okay to leave hear. I have purchased your eggs before and still do BUT with one of my purchases, I found one egg that was not only not edible (it was smelly) and the outside of the egg was not clean. Mind you, this is ONE egg out of hundreds purchased. So I am not really complaining just making you aware. And yes, I will continue to purchase your product.
We're so sorry about this spoiled eggs, Marianna. We really appreciate the heads up and would love to collect some information for our quality team and send you a couple of coupons to use toward future purchases. Do you mind sending us an email at [email protected]?