Incubating eggs exposed to below zero temps?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mkelle11, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. mkelle11

    mkelle11 In the Brooder

    Dec 13, 2008
    Will they develop? If theres a chance, about how many days in 0-32 degree weather can they have been exposed to before they are no longer hatchable?
    I mean, the eggs arent cracked or anything, like they do when they freeze solid.

    I know that some of them must be fertile, as I just opened a fertile one when I made cookies a few hours ago.

    Anyways, thanks.
  2. mamaKate

    mamaKate Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    SE MO
    HI! [​IMG] I'm not sure about this. It probably matters alot how long they were exposed.
  3. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    i had a banty hen 2 years ago set on a nest of eggs she hid in a bush during the winter with snow on the ground and she sat on 8 eggs and 4 hatch so it happens [​IMG]
  4. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008

    They dont always crack when they freeze, if you can get the egg soon enough after its layed you MIGHT be able to hatch it. Its hard with temps like that. Plus fertility drops in the cold winter months.

    Put a heat lamp or 2 aiming on the nest boxes to help them from freezing !! Or wait till the weather gets better, you will have better luck that way.

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