how cold can an egg get and still be viable? the chickens have a heat lamp above their perch but the nest boxes are on the other end of the coop. some of my girls lay a bit late and i gather their eggs in the morning. it is getting down into the 30's here at night. i know the eggs that freeze solid are no good for hatching but what is the cut off temp. i know it's probably not an exact science, but a rule of thumb for a sustained temp would be nice so i don't try to sit a bunch of eggs that will never hatch.