Magical egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rangely, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. Rangely

    Rangely Out Of The Brooder

    31
    2
    24
    Nov 4, 2009
    Fort Collins
    This morning I head out to the coop and to my delight there are four eggs waiting for me. I am all the more impressed considering the sub zero temps. Sadly, one of the eggs had frozen and cracked. I brought all four eggs in the house. The three good ones went in the fridge and the fourth cracked one I left on the counter. The crack extended about 180+ degrees around the midsection of the egg and was about 3-4mm wide, with some frozen egg white protruding. When I came home for lunch, the crack had not only closed, but it was barely even visible. I wiped off the egg and it appears fine, but for the now hairline fracture. Freaked me out!
     
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

    4,694
    1,312
    356
    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I had one frozen, too this morning and did just like you, guess I will go check it. I am givning it to the dog. Dang it is cold here!
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    6,771
    130
    281
    Apr 15, 2009
    The insides expand when they freeze causing the cracking. When they thaw out the insides contract and the crack seals itself back up as long as there's no dirt or smutz in the crack. Bacteria can get into the egg through the crack, so make sure you cook the egg thoroughly and use it ASAP. I use frozen/cracked eggs unless they are really dirty.
     
  4. Orpstralope

    Orpstralope XL College Raised Eggs

    151
    1
    111
    Oct 11, 2009
    Boone
    interesting...[​IMG]
     
  5. dacdeihl

    dacdeihl Chillin' With My Peeps

    238
    2
    111
    Sep 24, 2009
    NorthEast, In
    With all this talk of frozen eggs I'm kicking myself my not checking on them this morning. It was -14 wind chill this morning. YICKS!!![​IMG]
     
  6. rdranch

    rdranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    311
    0
    149
    Apr 13, 2007
    Strasburg,CO
    Hi Rangely, We're a little southeast of you and boy has it been cold! Only found one frozen egg in the past few days. It's amazing how long it can take to freeze them when it's like this. A couple of days ago I read here that they about 104 degrees when they come out. That made feel better about checking for eggs only a few times per day.

    Stay warm it's almost over![​IMG]
     
  7. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Alaska
    -30 and only had one frozen egg laid on the floor of the coop, not in the nestbox.
    I have 35 hens and 5 nestboxes, they only lay in 2 and there are 3 boxes they seem to sleep in, but not lay in.
     
  8. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,536
    20
    186
    Jan 20, 2009
    East Central Illinois
    I've been getting some cracked eggs, too, from the cold. But, I can't always collect them until the end of the day, so some have been sitting getting cold for at least 8-10 hours. Glad to know that they'll re-seal. Still, my dogs are happy about these, because I wasn't sure about 'em, so eggs are back on the dog's and cat's menus. [​IMG]
     
  9. mikki717

    mikki717 My Drug of Choice- Chickens

    291
    1
    129
    Dec 7, 2009
    Hesperia, CA
    [​IMG]:weee:weee I am REALLY glad I live in California!!![​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by