Are 29 Double-Yolked Eggs Better Than One?
Charlotte Matthews of the U.K. bought a tray of 30 eggs. Not an unusual occurrence for the 26-year old mom since she’s a cake decorator. But what was unusual is that the first thirteen eggs she cracked open had double yolks.
Once Charlotte had reached lucky number thirteen she asked her husband to grab the camera and tape her opening the remainder of the eggs. As you will see in the amazing video above all of the remaining eggs in the tray...except for one...were double yolkers.
If you are anything like me you might now be wondering about how common the double-yolk phenomenon is and whether or not it’s “normal.”
After doing a bit of research I found out that the occurrence in nature is about 1 in 1000 eggs. Those odds make it seem like a terrifically rare occurrence. However, when you consider how many eggs a chicken can lay in it’s lifetime…up to 800 for some breeds…and how many chickens there are it's not quite as rare as it may at first seem.
It turns out that double yolks occur more often in heavy laying breeds and in young hens that haven’t gotten the kinks quite worked out yet in their laying patterns. The yolks form in the hen’s ovaries and she can sometimes release two in quick succession not allowing enough time for the first yolk to pass out of the oviduct alone and entrapping both yolks into a single shell.
But let’s get back to the rarity of Charlotte’s tray of 29 double-yolk eggs. While about 1 in 1000 eggs is a double yolk it’s not so rare of an occurence that most of us haven’t seen at least one of them in our lifetime. But the odds of getting 29 in a single tray on the other hand are 1,000 to the power of 29 - or one followed by 87 zeros!
Incredibly rare indeed.
Oh, and if all the bickering over whether or not eggs are good or bad for you has you confused you can read HealthierTalk.com contributor Dr. Jonathan Wright's answer to this question here.
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