Egg Yolks – Two for the Price of One

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!

15 responses

  1. Audrey says:

    I just cracked three double yoked eggs in a row from a carton of your eggs. That seems somewhat unlikely haveing read the prior post here. Do you have any thoughts on this?

    1. Sarah Walls says:

      HI Audrey,

      Thanks for taking a moment to contact us about some double yolked eggs in your carton. Did you happen to purchase the jumbo sized eggs?

      As we mentioned in our posting, double yolks are fairly rare – you might find them in 1 of every 1,000 eggs. These eggs typically come from our youngest hens, still just learning how to lay eggs.

      But – 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.

      Hope this helps explain why you had several double yolks in your recent carton. If we can help further, we’d be more than happy to help explain it by phone if you’d like to give us a call at (603) EGG-FARM or send us an email to: familyfarmteam@peteandgerrys.com

      Thanks!

  2. Julia Richmond says:

    I recently cracked open an egg with two yolks, and was quite surprised. I had never seen one before. I have been purchasing Free Range, Organic eggs for years, but one day, the brand that I was buying was not on the shelf in the supermarket. Lucky for me, because that’s when I noticed the Pete and Gerry’s eggs and decided to give them a try. Yes, they are a little more expensive, but they are well worth it. The thing that impressed me the most about the eggs, besides there golden yolks and good flavor, was the quality of the shell. Yes, the shell. It’s not paper thin, like some shells that crumble when you crack it. Your eggs crack cleanly without crumbling and you can feel the thickness of the shell. That is how an egg shell should be. To me, that says a lot about the chicken that produced the egg. As long as they remain on my supermarkets shelf, I will be buying Pete and Gerry’s eggs. Thanks!

    1. Sarah Walls says:

      HI Julia! Thank you so much for sharing your positive experience with us. We take a lot of pride in our hens, their eggs and the small family farms that we partner with and we’re so glad that it shows. We’ll keep up the great work.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Glad to read this. As a single gal, I buy the half dozen carton. Imagine my surprise when 4 of the six eggs were double yolked! Since I eat two at a time, it was like getting two extra meals!

    1. Sarah Walls says:

      Glad we could help, Jennifer! Thanks for supporting our small family farms!

  4. Nora says:

    11 out of 12 of my jumbo eggs had double yolks! I’m feeling super lucky tonight…..

  5. Sharon O'Hagan says:

    I just got 10 doubles in 1 dozen eggs I was worried they were genetically fed hormones or something? I have a picture. It says it is rare.

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Sharon! Thanks so much for writing. Did you happen to purchase the jumbo eggs? As mentioned above, while double yolks are fairly rare, we partner with small family farms and collect the eggs, then package them together, the double yolked eggs tend to be hand packaged in one packaging station so that they are not crushed. We do not administer hormones or steroids to our hens in any shape or form. We’d be glad to look into this further if you’d like to send us a message at: familyfarmteam@peteandgerrys.com Thank you for reaching out!

  6. Sharon O'Hagan says:

    My cousin who raises chickens say’s
    steroids does any one know for sure?

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Sharon! Thanks so much for writing. Did you happen to purchase the jumbo eggs? As mentioned above, while double yolks are fairly rare, we partner with small family farms and collect the eggs, then package them together, the double yolked eggs tend to be hand packaged in one packaging station so that they are not crushed. We do not administer hormones or steroids to our hens in any shape or form. We’d be glad to look into this further if you’d like to send us a message at: familyfarmteam@peteandgerrys.com Thank you for reaching out!

  7. Liz Kendall says:

    This week my carton of dozen eggs from you were very blessed, prosperous and abundant!!! We were very happy! We got 9 double yoke eggs from 1 Large Carton!!!
    Brain food!!! we are going to be very smart this week. lol.
    LizKendall, bought them at Publix Hutchinson Island Florida.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Liz! We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed the bonus! 🙂

  8. Rich kostel says:

    Where can I buy double yolk eggs

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Rich! Thank you for writing us. We don’t exclusively sell double yolked eggs, but our jumbo cartons have a higher likelihood of having double yolks. If your store does not carry our jumbo eggs, please consider asking them to do so. Thank you for reaching out!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *