How to keep from losing eggs to the cold?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Godzillamax, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. Godzillamax

    Godzillamax New Egg

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    Not sure if this is the right forum for this, but this past few weeks we have been seeing temps drop into the -20s F and, with windchill, -30s F and -40s F. My coop is insulated, but not heated, so it has been hovering around -5 F inside. My chickens are doing fine, but on the few days per week I don't work from home I come home around 4pm to find frozen/cracked eggs. Sometimes the cracks are just hairline, and once the eggs warm up inside the cracks close up. But lately with these really cold days we have been having the eggs are frozen solid and have wide cracks in them (that begin to seep once they warm up).

    I'm contemplating hanging a heating lamp inside the coop (my coop has electric outlets inside mounted up high) on really cold days. Anyone have other suggestions for not loosing eggs to the cold when you aren't home and available to check the coop? I have an externally mounted nesting box (see picture below) that is also insulated on the inside.

    Thanks!

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  2. mortie

    mortie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A quick search of the forums reveals some informative threads on the subject. In fact, just a few threads down is one of them. Here is the link.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/945490/how-to-keep-eggs-from-freezing-in-nesting-box

    I live in the same area you do. I personally am against heating a coop. It's hard on the birds to go from warm to cold all the time, but that's my opinion and everyone has one ;)

    Hopefully you find something in one of the other threads that is useful to you.

    Happy chickening!
     

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