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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tala, Jan 3, 2010.
Do they freeze at 32*F like water, or does it have to get colder?
I found our first frozen egg this morning, split lengthwise down the shell. One degree temperature then, though it probably froze well before that single degree was reached! Actually, my DH saw the egg earlier when he opened the pop door to the outside run, and left it--silly man! I left it in the barn and later today saw that something had chewed on the edge of the split...one of the barn cats? ~G
I think I read on here someplace that eggs freeze at 28 degrees, but don't take that as gospel. It's just something I think I read. But, regardless, it's normally warmer in the nest especially if other hens are going to sit on the already laid egg to lay theirs.
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Quote:Only one egg was laid today though, and it didn't get above 32 all day long.
I got the egg while it was still warm though, so no worries about it, I was just thinking about any that had been laid while I was gone to work sitting out there in the freezing all afternoon, but there weren't any when I got home so
Quote: By leaving that cracked egg you're going to teach your hens how good the egg tastes and you'll have a coop full of egg eaters. Or your barn cats will start raiding the nests....
Take it into the house, thaw it out and cook it and give it back to your chickens if you won't use the cracked eggs.
I don't know about eggs eventually freezing at 32F but if you collect once a day you won't see frozen eggs at 32 or even 30F. Maybe a bit of the moisture inside might freeze but I doubt much else. I usually don't get solidly frozen eggs until 20F and then they still have to sit around 5-8hours. At about 0 they freeze solid within an hour after being laid. I only manage to bring in frozen eggs when it gets to 0F or lower unless I point a heat lamp at the nest box. Pets love eggsicles. I just scrape the shell off the egg shaped ice ball and pop it in their food bowls. It's like flavored ice cubes. The puppy goes nuts for them.
WHERE is it 32 degrees where? I'm ready to pack up my bags and my chickies and move to someplace that warm that's heat wave weather! I know they will freeze in one hour at 9 degrees and at 22 degrees as well-our day time highs lately. My dog's whiskers are shivering he doesn't want anything frozen and since it's humanly impossible to eat this many eggs quickly I feed the frozen ones back to my chickens...warm cooked.
We never have frozen eggs on normal winter days..the ones where we at least get to 32 for a few hours at some point in the day...and 20's at night.
Another + for Global Warming