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Frozen Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mzrea, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. mzrea

    mzrea Songster

    Oct 22, 2008
    How can I tell if my eggs are frozen? I check for eggs three times a day, my coop is insulated but it still gets cold. Can you tell an egg is frozen just by looking at it? Can you eat a previously frozen egg?
  2. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Songster

    We've had eggs freeze. Sometimes therewill be a fine crack in the shell. We just put them in the refridgerator and eat them first. I guess they thaw slowly in the fridge and we can't tell any difference.
  3. bearz

    bearz Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Every egg I've had freeze has cracked open from the expansion. I don't eat them, as they can have bacteria in them.
  4. namreknat

    namreknat In the Brooder

    Sep 21, 2008
    N.W. Oklahoma
    I agree with bearz. I wouldn't eat a cracked egg. I scramble them up and feed them to the chickens. [​IMG]
  5. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    I don't think bacteria would effect a finely cracked egg while frozen. I would not put the cracked eggs in the fridge. I would eat them right away (thaw on the counter real quick and eat by the next morning) or feed them to the pets. Eggs that freeze and aren't cracked will be fine for most purposes but may not work the same for baking. They still make fine scrambled eggs in the morning though.
  6. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊ 10 Years

    Aug 19, 2008
    This has happened to us once so far; 3 out of 6 eggs had a small yet long crack down the side of the shell. They were frozen solid! So, we left them on the counter to thaw, and the crack slowly closed up and it was hard to notice it after. We just eat them and have had no problems. [​IMG]
  7. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    I go ahead and wash them while frozen, let them dry and thaw, and see if they ooze. If they don't, then the membrane's still intact. I break them open from the side opposite the crack, and eat them. If they ooze, I feed them to the dogs.

    If they froze all the way through, the yolks will gel, and won't scramble or run. But they're still ok hard cooked, or to feed to the dogs.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2009

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