How can you tell if an egg is frozen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrskenmore, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. mrskenmore

    mrskenmore Songster

    Apr 21, 2014
    It was 12 degrees when I got to the eggs after work yesterday, they were extremely cold to the touch- but I am not sure if they were frozen. They looked like they always do- just extremely cold. Are there any quick test to do to see if they are frozen?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    In my experience frozen eggs crack. Candling would indicate whether or not they are cracked.
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  3. barnaclebob

    barnaclebob Chirping

    Sep 24, 2012
    I assume the same test for if an egg is hard boiled or not would work.
  4. Or you could try and drive a twenty penny nail with any egg that you suspect of being frozen.

    But my experience is the same as sourland's if it's cracked it's frozen.

    One other thing don't try and hatch it. Your setting hen won't speak to you again if you do. [​IMG]

    Frozen eggs are still eatable if you let it defrost in the fridge and cook it soon after.

    Or when your hens lay more than you can quickly eat you can break a dozen eggs in a freezer safe bowl add salt, mix, and save them for omelets etc. when fresh eggs are scarce.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2015
  5. barnaclebob

    barnaclebob Chirping

    Sep 24, 2012
    But then you would be ruining the good eggs too...
  6. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Songster

    Sep 4, 2013
    Lower Alabama
    I imagine that once they're removed from freezing temps they thaw quickly without damage.
    My fridge went crazy when the weather first cooled off and froze a bunch of eggs. I culled out the cracked leaky ones and sold the rest. I told my customers what happened and asked for feedback and they said they were all normal inside.
  7. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    A frozen egg will spin just like a hard boiled egg, but candling works best.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2015

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