-20 and below-frozen egg issues

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PaulaJoAnne, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Our chickens are all day layers. So that means gathering eggs all day long.
    Right now, temps are hovering around -20 at night, and not improving much during the day.
    I don't expect to see much above 0 all winter, and there will likely be quite a few weeks that we will see -30

    We plan on being gone for 3 days next week, and will have a neighbor feed, water and gather while we are gone,
    but they will not be able to gather eggs like I do, as they both work.
    I did some searching around here, and got a few good ideas on how to end my problem of frozen eggs.
    Going to reduce boxes down to only 3, and also pack as much hay in as I think will work.

    Are their any other brilliant ideas out there, that do not involve electricity?
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    I use the Therma Care disposable heating pads (shoulder size) under the nesting boxes when the rabbits kennel in bad weather. They last for around 12-18 hours so if you bought a box of those and had your neighbor put one in each nesting box every morning (maybe with some carboard over it?) that would probably work. It doesn't get really hot thru the carboard so you wouldn't cook any eggs, though some of the chickies might decide they want to stay in the nest all day. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2009
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I don't know how brilliant . . . and I certainly don't live in such a cold climate.

    One side of my coop is a room with insulated walls, floor and ceiling. I still put an extra piece of foam insulation under the nest box during the winter months. And, since the hens cannot get behind or on top of the next box, I dump a bucket on wood shavings on it.

    The nest box is over-sized. Three hens can fit in there altho, it is almost standing-room-only. Usually, they take turns or there's just 2 of them at a time.

    . . . just my 2¢.

  4. Dandy Acres

    Dandy Acres Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 14, 2009
    I have been thinking about this as well because I get a couple frozen exploded eggs every week. When it gets colder I will probably leave the light on 24 hours because DH whines about having to check for eggs all day when I am at work in town. When I was little and in a much colder climate the chickens shared space with the barnyard animals and we never had a problem. Do you have any other animals that you could combine the housing? I know, not an easy solution, but the only thing I can think of without electricity.
  5. AkTomboy

    AkTomboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    DJ, Alaska
    I understand where you are comming from. I would suggest doing what Kittymomma said with the heat pads. It would be the easiest way for them to do something and it would be fairly quick. If that is not an option I would stuff as much straw in the boxes over a layer of shavings as I could just to add an extra layer. Hope everything works out well and you enjoy your trip.
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    The only thing we have to worry about is if our eggs are hard boiled in July when we gather them..... [​IMG]

    I'm not afraid of going to hell... I'm from Phoenix...


    Sunrise from Squaw Peak last week.

    Last edited: Nov 14, 2009
  7. adorable

    adorable Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2007
    near ottawa ontario
    Very nice sunrise.....I have to ask paulajoanne.Where are you located to be so cold in november.?
  8. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    I have no suggestions but you have my sympathy. Last week, I was complaining of 44* and pour raining.... I told my dh, if I lived 'up north' I would have to bring my chickens in the house!! Please let us know if you find something that works!!
  9. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Reducing the air space in the coop will help too, so that the heat from the hens will be better able to warm it. You can do this with the deep litter method or by stacking bales of things like straw in there. It really depends on your setup. Roof insulation is also a way to retain heat and I suspect you're cold enough that ventilation can be reduced.

    So cold already, very sorry to hear this- are you in Alaska?
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2009
  10. seramas

    seramas Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 11, 2009
    Lots of shreeded newspaper.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2009

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