Cracked Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dag623, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. dag623

    dag623 Hatching

    Oct 30, 2012
    We found a couple eggs with hairline cracks in them today. It's been cold and snowy the last few days where we live in NH, so we wonder if eggs can crack due to the cold. The inner membranes of the eggs remained intact, and the cracks became difficult to find after being inside for just a few minutes. We are hoping this is a sign that it is due to weather and not pecking. Anyone ever seen this?
    We've also had a couple of our girls just start laying in the last couple weeks, and have noticed the eggs have been pushed out of the nest boxes into a corner on the opposite side of the coop, which has caused a little concern as to whether we have some unhappy girls... Any input would be appreciated!

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Frozen eggs crack. This time of year, I always collected eggs at least twice a day. Doubt that your hens are unhappy. They are just trying out new laying sites.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    As long as the membrane isn't compromised we eat them. Frozen eggscicles go to the dogs for my entertainment!
    Maybe your new layers are just laying in the other corner and not in the nest boxes. They don't know they're supposed to lay in the nice box we make for them.
  4. dag623

    dag623 Hatching

    Oct 30, 2012
    Thank you for the peace of mind! Yes it seems they are trying out a new spot to lay lol...

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