Moody County egg defies odds

Editor’s note: Dakota Layers passed along a first-person account from a customer who had four yolks in one of the company’s eggs that she cracked. We thought it was interesting enough to pass it on to you. Somewhere in Moody County, there’s a very productive hen.

It was just a normal Friday morning for Sandy Steinberg, until it came time to cook breakfast.
“At first glance, I thought I had broken the yolk,” she said. But to her astonishment, she had just cracked a quadruple-yolker egg.
What are the chances of cracking a four-yolker egg? According to the British Egg Information Service, the odds of discovering a quadruple-yolker are 1 in 11 billion.
Sandy grew up on a farm in South Dakota and spent many hours as a kid washing eggs before taking them to a store in Alpena in exchange for groceries. Now, 70 and living in Alexandria, Sandy, along with some fellow churchgoers, accepted a request to bake cookies as part of a gift basket for the elderly. After purchasing a few extra Dakota Layers eggs from County Fair Food Store in Mitchell, she decided to fry a couple for breakfast. “So overwhelmed that I received that gift; I grew up on a farm and raised chickens myself for years, so I realize how rare it was.”
In a year with so many surprises, a moment like this showcases that it just takes one egg to crack the odds. Thank you, Sandy, for sharing this incredible story. Happy Holidays from all of us at Dakota Layers.

Located just outside of Flandreau, Dakota Layers started in business in 1999 and housed their first hens in 2001. More than 100,000 dozen eggs are produced every day from the 1.35 million hens housed at the farm. Dakota Layers provides over 70 jobs in the community. In addition to jobs, they contribute eggs to food pantries and several charitable events.


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