Nine double-yolk eggs in one box: one in a thousand billion chance!

Some say that the chance of getting a double yolk is one in 1000. Yesterday, I thought I had that rare chance. I opened a new dozen egg box and the first one was a double-yolker. It was unusual, but nothing extraordinary, so no photos were taken.

Today, however, was unbelievable: I cracked open the next four eggs from the same box, and they all had two yolks! That means, that all together it was a one to 10005 chance to get five double-yolk eggs in a row (which is 1000000000000000, one quadrillion in short scale, and one thousand billion or one billiard in long scale).

Four double-yolkers from one egg box
Can you believe this? I wish I had such luck with something more useful! :)

29 March 2012 update: making a big omelet today, and more surprises appear

More double-yolk eggs: three out of four
The next four eggs from the same box: three out of four are double-yolkers, which brings the total count of double yolk eggs in one box to 8 out of 9 eggs cracked With the normal egg being broken last of the four, it also made it 8 double-yolkers in a row!

30 March 2012 update: doing some baking today...

Chicken egg with two yolks
And another two-yolk egg, which makes it 9 out of 10 all together!

There are limits to what can be attributed to a pure coincidence. This had to have some explanation.

The box of eggs was from Sunny Queen Farms. I’ve been buying various eggs from them for years, and have never encountered a single double-yolk egg. When I was a small child, I remember finding double-yolkers occasionally — once or twice per year — but never more than one in a row. Then, I don’t remember seeing one for ages. Until now.

I contacted Sunny Queen Farms, and they assured me that what I’ve got was a pure chance. They did not change anything in the way their hens are kept in any recent time. They also assured me that it is perfectly safe to eat eggs with multiple yolks in them.

Though, my call wasn’t about safety, it was about the impossible! :-)

Sunny Queen Farm egg box - the source of double-yolk eggs
I was also told that eggs with two yolks occasionally happen to young chicken, so my box could have come from a barn with a large group of young hens. However, to get 9 out of 10 is an extremely rare chance.

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