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How are you going to keep your eggs from freezing this winter?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DianaMallory, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. DianaMallory

    DianaMallory Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought as I was gathering eggs this morning in the 39 degree weather, How am I going to keep the eggs from freezing before I gather them this winter? I don't plan on using any heat unless we get very cold weather. Am I going to make many trips to gather eggs? Now I go out at 11:00 and gather them, but I am out at day break letting them out of the coop into the run. Anyone else have this concern or ideas?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    We certainly do not heat our barn, so I gather twice. Around 9 am I make a pass and refresh their water. If there are eggs not covered, I pick them up. Then, just before noon, I make another pass and gather 99% of the laid eggs. There may be some odd egg laid in the afternoon, I'll get it when I do the late afternoon feeding.

    In zero weather, you might lose an egg here or there from cracking, but not often. BTW, you can certainly eat a cracked egg or re-feed it to the hens in their feed. The hens re-warm the eggs by building the clutch each day. I find that there are seldom any issues until or unless the daytime temps fall into the single digits. At that point, regular round are wise. Best regards.
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2012
  3. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just go collect eggs three/four times a day. I do not heat my coop, my girls are still comfortable even in the worst winter weather Michigan can throw at us.
     
  4. DianaMallory

    DianaMallory Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I guess I will be changing routines then. When I go let them out in the morning instead of leaving the eggs laid I will go ahead and gather them. I guess that is why my routine is changing now. In August/September by 9:00 everyone was done laying. Now at 9:00 they are only 1/2 of them done. Today I went out at 4:00 and found one nice warm egg in the nest. Which gave me 11 from 11 laying. I guess I can blame the loss if daylight on this. My routine of being a couch potato in winter won't exist anymore! My girls are going to keep me busy!
     
  5. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! 11 eggs out 11hens is awesome. My 1 1/2 year old girls are 13-16 out of 24 :( unfortunately they are molting right now. My pullets should start laying any day now.
     
  6. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If chickens are good at one thing, it is getting us off our hineys when we have to take care of them. I am walking about a mile and a half a day now because I have to go back and forth between my house and my parents' house where the chickens are to take care of them. If you think it's a hassle having to check eggs three times a day, just imagine you live half a mile from the coop! lol
     

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