Santa brought me an incubator - and while I said I'd wait until mid Feb to start collecting eggs, I may not have that element of time on my side. My rooster is a jerk. Plain and simple. The hens do not want to be near him, period. He's a bully and doesn't treat them as nicely as their former rooster. If I place treats in the run, he eats them - never offers a piece to any hen! He does call them to tell them the treats are there - with his mouth full! In the morning, when I open the pop door, he comes right out - and it takes the hens about 3min to decide whether or not to come out with him. The hens were here first, (with a different rooster), so it's not characteristic of them to not want to come out. So...I'm thinking of gathering eggs to hatch out to replace him. But it's northern Illinois, with temps ranging from 20 to 45. The eggs are typically VERY cold when I gather them - no matter when they were laid! I've been right there with the egg song in full force, and the egg, freshly laid, is still quite cold to the hand. How cold is too cold? I'll leave them on the counter before incubating - to gather enough for a hatch. Anyone know? BTW, our Black Java's haven't yet slowed down in their laying capacity. From 5 hens, I'm gathering 3-4 eggs per day. Year round. I adore this breed!