Broody Hen Egg Monitoring Experiment - Must End The Experiment

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MaransGuy, May 26, 2008.

  1. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Greenfield, MA
    I wanted to let everyone know about a little experiment I started today. Long story short: bantam cochin goes broody every time you sneeze...decided to finally let her set...just picked up some BLRW eggs....wanted to try an experiment.

    I gave her four of the eggs to set on and wanted to monitor the temperature and humidity levels that the eggs experience during natural incubation. I typically use a digital thermometer and digital hygrometer, both with external, wired probes in my 1588 and know they are accurate. In order to track the egg environment I taped the probes to each of two eggs (one thermo, the other hgyro) using a couple narrow strips of electrical tape. The wires run out through the side of the nest and the digital displays are readable just outside the broody pen. Both units store the minimum and maximum values so I can see what the daily fluctuation is on them. Unfortunately, it doesn't let me know how long any of those values ocurred for but it should still give me a good range. Obviously, this is not a true scientific experiment as I will only have the information that pertains to this hen but I am still curious to see what I get. After the hen was setting for a couple hours I checked the displays...Temp was 99.3 and humidity was 31%. A few hours after that I checked again (she was setting tight the whole time) and Temp was 98.4 and Humidity was still 31%. I am really anxious to see how things progress and will post my results here. I would like to try to get the min/max value for each day as long as I have time and remember to reset them!

    Last edited: May 31, 2008
  2. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Wenatchee, WA
    that is so weird... I just posted about how I had put a therm/hygrometer under a broody this evening to see what it reads. I would like to be able to continue the experiment like you plan to, but I need to use my instrument for my incubator right now. I will keep checking this thread to see what your findings are. my hen was 101.5 and 43% or something like that(short term memory loss:rolleyes:) I put the t/h on top of the eggs like I do in the incubator.
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Quote:[​IMG] I opted to give up my Mottled Banty Cochins for this fact and they are now paying me back through our 3 Silky hens...never attributed it to sneezing until now! The farmers have been haying here (and I've been sneezing, ever since!) and BAM! all 3 Sillies, I mean Silkies, are back there, as in broody, yet again, after 2 - 3 weeks of steady laying! [​IMG]

    In all seriousness, I'm interesteded in seeing how your experiment goes!

  4. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Greenfield, MA
    Values this morning: T= 99.7 H= 27%
  5. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    very interesting. I'll be checking your observations quite often.
  6. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Greenfield, MA
    I just hope people don't get sick of the reports! [​IMG]
  7. seriousbill

    seriousbill Songster

    May 4, 2008
    No way. This is pretty cool.
  8. megshenhut

    megshenhut Songster

    Jun 21, 2007
    Central Colorado
    I was thinking of do the same thing, but hadn't gotten around to it yet. Actually my stuff is in the bator right now. I will definitely be checking in on your results.
  9. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Greenfield, MA
    When I first got home this evening the temp was running at 99.6 degrees. I checked the min/max and it had hardly fluctuated at all during the day. Just now I checked again and the temp was down to 96.3. The interesting thing is that when I checked the min/max again I saw that the temp had spiked up to 103 sometime within the last three hours. I am wondering if the hen can sense this and purposely cool down to counteract the tempspike.

  10. newdock

    newdock Songster

    Jul 14, 2007
    British Columbia
    cool experiment Richard.

    I, too, will be checking in on your post. Keep up the good work!

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