I have a two part question. I think I have the answer to the frozen egg from another thread, but my question is how do you know if an egg is frozen if the shell is not cracked? I have had several eggs over the last couple of days that have cracked and frozen. We have had a our first really really cold snap in MD. I read in the other thread that if the shell is not cracked, it is still fine to cook. So, it sounds like an egg can freeze and not crack the shell. So, basically is there a way to tell?
My second questions is about a hen laying an egg near or on the roost. The eggs I mentioned that have been frozen are coming from I think the same chicken. I have 4 hens and two laying boxes. I always have three in the boxes (two in one and one in the other. not always the same box has the two) and one back by the roost. The one by the roost is the only one that is freezing or breaking. I don't know why this one chicken is not using the box. Two of the chickens are using the same box. I am wondering if she is laying in the middle of the night and not moving off the roost to get to the box. The egg is frozen by the time I get there at 6:30AM cause it was laid in the middle of the night. Just guessing but I have found them on the roost, under, and behind the roost. I found one after it had been eaten, stepped on, or whatever cause I didn't see it behind the stump that my roost pole is on. I don't know how she would have gotten back there to lay it. I am asking if she could be sitting on the roost and just lay the egg and let it hit the floor. Maybe it is cracking before it freezes. Sometimes the egg is sitting on top the stump. Anyway, could the chicken be laying in the middle of the night and can a chicken lay an egg while sitting on the roost? And, is there anyway to fix the one not using the nest? Probably not since I am not even sure which chicken is not using the nest.