Our customer, Dave, discovered an easy way to keep his eggs from freezing even when the temperature is below zero. He was happy to report that he did not have one frozen egg all winter long. Even at 22 degrees below zero, he had 100% success. Dave is in Iowa and winters are cold! It is also interesting to note that he did not collect his eggs everyday, but let them build up in the egg tray.
His winter setup included a section of 6' heat tape, that wrapped around the bottom of the egg tray floor inside the large Best Nest Box. The heat tape was held up by a piece of reflective insulation. Below the insulation, was a piece of chicken wire cut to the size of the bottom of the nest box. The chicken wire was secured with cable ties that fastened to the bottom of the nest box wire floor. The heat tape has a sensor and will only operate when necessary. No eggs froze and no eggs were cooked!
Dave also mentioned that he placed a live mouse trap in the egg tray. He caught 12 mice the first night.
"The Best Nest Box works great. I should have bought it a long time ago!" - Dave from Iowa
UPDATE: Heated seed mats are another great tool that keep eggs from freezing!
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