1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Keep eggs from freezing...?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jakrzz, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. Jakrzz

    Jakrzz Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 3, 2012
    My hens don't seem to like to sit on top of their eggs and with winter around the corner, I'm worried that they'll freeze... I don't quite want to have to use a heating lamp unless I HAVE to.
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Don't know how tough your day time temps are and for how long the bitter weather endures.

    First, chickens during the day, so temps are warmer than the night time. Second, as each hen lays on the previously laid eggs to lay her in the clutch, she re-warms the eggs. Third, most chicken coops are a bit warmer than the outside air. Not much, but a degree or two.

    In January and February, I go out to collect eggs at 8 am and again at 11:30 am. I can't take a chance of frozen eggs. If I left them all day, in zero weather? Yes, they'd all be cracked, I'm afraid.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012
  3. erlibrd

    erlibrd Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Oct 8, 2010
    It can be a problem for those of us that work all day and live in the frozen north.
  4. Jakrzz

    Jakrzz Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 3, 2012
    That is EXACTLY my case! Every morning I go out to feed them and look for early eggs, go to work at 7:00 am then come home at 5 so it's like I can make a lot of trips to my hens all day :/

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by