Frozen eggs????????????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gabby3535, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I work 12 hour shifts, 3 days a week.......and by the time I get home on work nights, it is dark, and currently below freezing.
    I am wondering if there is anyway for me to tell if the eggs in the nest boxes have been, or are currently, frozen when I get home?
    Should I just assume they are.......based on the temperature......and throw them out?
    Do they crack when they've been frozen or what?
    I don't suppose frozen eggs can be thawed and eaten in the future, can they?
  2. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2008
    I use them even if they have been frozen. I make sure they are clean and well cooked. They usually crack when they freeze, mine always have. They also defrost pretty quickly if you put them in your warm pocket. Yuck.[​IMG]
  3. Cornychick

    Cornychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    Sebastian County, AR
    We are having freezing temps as well. I will use them as long as they havent cracked.
  4. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    SW Washington
    I believe you can determine if an egg is frozen the same way you can tell if one is hard boiled. Set it on the counter and give it a gentle spin. A hard boiled or frozen egg will spin quite freely, while the liquid in a fresh egg will cause it to not spin so easily. If you touch the spinning egg gently on top to stop it then let it go, the boiled or frozen egg will stay stopped, while the inertia of the moving contents will cause the fresh egg to want to start turning again.
    That having been said I sure wouldn't throw them out. If you have concerns about consuming them, you could cook them up and feed them back to the hens.
  5. Orpstralope

    Orpstralope XL College Raised Eggs

    Oct 11, 2009
    Yessirreee, that'd be my solution. I've been eating some pretty chilly eggs recently and they seem fine!
  6. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    I was just told to have fewer nesting boxes so they all have only a few boxes to lay makes it so a hen is on the eggs most of the day to keep them warm:)
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2009
  7. Orpstralope

    Orpstralope XL College Raised Eggs

    Oct 11, 2009
    Wish I had that idea first!
  8. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Quote:How many nesting boxes would you suggest to go down to?
  9. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    I have 35 hens and 4 nestboxes, I have not found anythign frozen in my nestbaoxes. Found one under the nestbox, guess she couldn't wait any longer.

    edited to add

    I use the frozen eggs for breakfast, so far mine shells have not been cracked from freezing....cracked eggs I feed to the chickens and my dogs, I don't see them that often.

    I add a few extra eggs to the freezer by cracking into a dish lightly stiring, then bag & freeze. I want some for baking, and was preparing for when the hens slowed down, but my girls are showing they are just getting started good. 24-27 eggs a day now.
    some of my pullets have not started yet.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2009
  10. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    so long as they arent crasked we use them frozen or not. Freezing wont ruin them. BUT I did hang a heat lamp about 2 feet from the nest boxes pointed both at them and the roost and the eggs are still cold when I get home but not frozen anymore.

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