How cold can eggs get and still hatch? *UPDATE*

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cara, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    My bantam Sultan decided to give me a Christmas present. She'd maybe layed 7 eggs in her life, and today I found a clutch of 5 eggs that accumulated while we were away for Christmas. It's been cold here, as low as 15 outside some nights although they were in a barn in hay, and there is a heat lamp in there but it's a few feet from the nest. She hadn't been sitting on them and they felt cold. I think i'll give them a go in the incubator since it's empty anyway, but i'm wondering how likely it is that any will hatch. The funny thing is none of my good egg layers have layed in weeks.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2008
  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    I am sorry I cant help you. But I have the same question........ its cold here too and my ducks lay at night.......will be interested to find out myself.....
  3. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    I just hatched some eggs. I am not sure which batch they came from but batch 1 was in a refrigerator and batch 2 were bought at an auction on a freezing cold night. I don't know how long either were in the cold. I did let them get up to room temperature before I set them.

  4. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    As long as they are fertile and didn't develop cracks from freezing they can potentially be hatched.

    Let them sit inside for a day and come up to room temperature before putting them in the incubator.
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  5. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    I left them inside for about 10 hours, until they felt room temperature and I could see with my flashlight that they weren't frozen inside. She laid me another one yesterday so I set all 6 together, and i'm hoping she'll lay me another today and I can set that too.

    I found out why she is suddenly on a laying rampage. My mother in law was watching my animals while we were away, and doesn't know too much about chickens. She was worried it would get too dark in their barn for them, so put the lights on at night! I think after today i'll swap my Sultans around with one of my other flocks so that maybe they will lay, and Ursula can have a rest.
  6. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    I did an experment this summer i put a dozen eggs in the fridge for 24 hours at about 40 degrees. I put them in the bator and hatched 9. unless they froze and cracked the should be fine but make sure the warm up to room temp before you put them in the bator or they will sweat. [​IMG]
  7. Sharisr32

    Sharisr32 Egg Killer ;)

    Jan 14, 2007
    OH/PA Boarder
    I am in Ohio - Non - heated Coop - I have had eggs outside in as low as it goes here -if they were laid after I went to work or at night to morning they sat
    I still had things hatch--
  8. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    As long as they arnt frozen. I had egs delivered to me in a snow storm at 10 degrees and they are due to hatch january 3rd "If I dont get more bator problems" grrrr.
  9. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    I candled them today, and 6 out of 7 are growing! One looks a little shady though, the veins aren't as vivid as the others are.
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    That's awesome! Unless they actually freeze, cold is better than extreme heat. That will kill them off every time.

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