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Here's another thread that started on the 9th about oddities in their home. They're going over the possible causes too. I'm curious, do you happen to live in a rural area, or have a large yard with some large trees? I'm working on a theory and this plays into it.
originally posted by: tinner07
a reply to: Char-Lee
They the other you's are looking at unknown white/single yolk eggs
So are they just as dumbfounded as I am as to why their eggs are white?
My theory is a generational group of the little people or fairies or gnomes, whatever you want to call them tend to follow families.
Double-yolks happen more frequently in young chickens, when they're in their early days of egg-production—20-28 weeks old. These young chickens (still getting the hang of being a grown-up hen) produce a double-yolk egg once every 100 lays.
But when you average out the number of double-yolk eggs from chickens of all ages, about one out of every 1,000 eggs has two yolks. So, ignoring all other factors, the chances of getting four double-yolk eggs in a row from a single carton should be (1/1,000) x (1/1,000) x (1/1,000) x (1/1,000), or one in every trillion.
But there are other factors—lots of them.
First, double-yolk eggs are usually larger than single-yolk eggs. Eggs are usually sold in the sizes of small, medium and large. So if you find a double-yolk egg in a carton of large eggs—the chances are higher than normal that another double-yolk egg could be found.
Second, the eggs in any given cardboard carton are most likely to have come from the same flock. Chickens in the same flock are usually the same age. Again, this increases your chances of getting a second double-yolk egg, if you've already picked the first one.
originally posted by: Shadoefax
Apparently, the odds of getting four double yolks in the same dozen are not as remote as you might expect.
There's also no difference in yolk or taste. Genes determine shell color, Dr. Bui said. White-feathered chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs; red or brown ones with red earlobes lay brown eggs; and the Ameraucana breed, also known as the Eastern egg chicken, lays eggs with blue shells.