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Help with winter egg collection

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Busia77, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. Busia77

    Busia77 Out Of The Brooder

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    The past couple days, most of my eggs have cracked from freezing before I could collect them. I'm gone from 7:30-5pm most days for work. Kids don't get off the bus much earlier. I need advice!!! I don't heat the coop, but I wont rule that out if its the only option. I need to save my eggs!!!
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I heat my Coop all winter.......Never hot inside....My eggs never freeze, either does my water.....Birds are happy and lay daily.....


    Cheers!
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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  4. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    This will be my 3rd season using the heated boxes.

    I have not made any modifications since 2014 when constructed except a yearly cleanout when exchanging the deep coop floor bedding with new.

    To date, zero unscheduled maintenance, and zero frozen eggs.

    Note, if my daytime ambient temps were lower, I would have considered using higher watt mats readily available, or 2 per box as the ones I used are relatively inexpensive.

    Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

    Something to consider.
     

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