How to keep eggs from freezing in the coop is a concern for many of us this time of year.
During the colder months each egg that you collect is like a prized possession. They can be few and far between. Having to trash them because they are frozen and/or cracked can be heart breaking.
Prevention is key to keep eggs from freezing in the coop.
- Use a thick nest of straw in the nesting boxes. Straw helps to insulate the egg, keeping the natural warmth inside the egg. Using the deep litter method also helps to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the coop.
- Collect eggs more frequently during cold weather days. Eggs can freeze in just a few short hours under extreme conditions. If you’re not available to collect eggs frequently during the day, enlist the help of a family member or neighbor.
- Use bales of straw under or around nesting areas. If the nesting areas are built out from the coop, simply use one (or more) bales of straw underneath. It will act as insulation.
- Packed snow can also act as a natural insulator for your chicken coop. Think about igloos and how they retain heat and protect against wind.
- Frequently inspect your coop, making sure it is secure with no cracks or holes letting cold drafts in.
A little prevention can go a long way in helping those eggs not to freeze inside the coop before you collect them!
Yep, it’s still snowing!