In my last post, I shared the horror of finding two frozen and cracked eggs waiting for me in our coop on a frigid January morning. I removed their shells and placed them in a bowl in the hopes that they would defrost and be usable in a baking recipe. After they had spent several hours in the refrigerator sans shells, they did in fact thaw and by the end of the day we had chocolate chip cookie bars to eat for a bedtime snack.
In the days that followed, countless chicken keepers shared their methods for combating the bitterly cold weather and frozen water in their coops. I was amazed at the creativity and thankful for all of the great suggestions. I can’t wait to give a few of them a try and share the outcome with you.
In minutes, my children were talking to each other about the eggs, the shells, and the miraculous membrane that had survived an environment that the shell could not. Out came the microscope. Soon there was a slide made with a fragment of the dissolving eggshell. Under the microscope, it became clear that what was left of the shell was incredibly porous.
We placed one egg in a clean jar filled with tap water. The second egg was destined for a jar filled with corn syrup. While the first egg was happy to sink in the water, the second refused to be submerged in the thick corn syrup. Instead, it floated on top like an egg-shaped ship lost at sea. I tried to push it down into the syrup, but it was no use. Now it was time to place them both back in the refrigerator for 24 hours.