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Coop Thermometer

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenshagg, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. chickenshagg

    chickenshagg THE ALPHA ROO

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    I put a digital wireless thermometer in my coop mounted to the wall by the roost. I am able to see the temperature from the house. Not that I am able to do much about the temperature but I do like being able to know what the temp is compared to the outside temp.

    Anybody else check the temps in their coop?
     
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    I have a thermometer in the coop that I check when I to the nightime head count. I think I would stress too much if I saw it all the time.
     
  3. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, I check the temp and humidity so I can adjust the ventilation if I need to. I suppose after a while I'll just know, like the experienced chickeneers.
     
  4. My6Chicks

    My6Chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a wireless unit that sends temperature and humidity readings to the house. We like to keep tabs on the coop's environmental conditions, although we haven't changed anything because of the readings...
     
  5. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Me, too! I'm a little embarrassed to tell you how many times I check the temperature throughout the night...just to be sure the heater is still working properly. We've had a real cold spell here (for us) the last week and I have tiny bantams not known for being cold hardy breeds.
     
  6. sklr112

    sklr112 Out Of The Brooder

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    how far away is your coop from the house, you must have a good one if it can transmit that far. maybe your coop is near the house? i want one, my coop if a few hundred feet from the house.
     
  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Different models have different ranges. My coop is only about 50 feet away from my bedroom, but the receiver has to pick up the signal through three brick walls (our house, and through both sides of our brick garage), plus the wood siding of the coop. It's an Oregon Scientifics model that we've had for years.

    I have another unit that won't even pick up the signal through the wood siding of our little coop (ugh).
     
  8. chickenshagg

    chickenshagg THE ALPHA ROO

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    Quote:My coop is just over a hundred feet from my house. The thermometer that I have is LaCrosse Technologies. I have two of the same units I keep one receiver in my kitchen and the transmitter is outside, out of the sun, mounted to my house the other receiver I keep on a living room end table that is by a window which is closest to the coop. They both give me a indoor/outdoor reading. They were not very expensive, I bought them at Cabela's on clearance for $10 each.

    I do some comparison between the outside temperature and the coop temp. Sometimes when I see that it has warmed up outside more than in the coop I will turn on the heat lamp, mostly just to knock off the chill in the coop. That being said I do not keep the heat lamp on continuously. Just when we have the extreme cold. The thermometer has helped me with that part. With that being said I do not fret over the temps, not too much anyway. That's what I keep telling myself and everyone else. [​IMG]
     
  9. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I have one in my brooder room down at the barn that I check morning, noon and night to adjust the ventilation and coverings of the brooders.
    I also have one in my shed just to see how cold it is when I go in there in the mornings or in the summer how hot it is at bedtime. What I think feels great is not the same as what the chickens like in temp. I can adjust airflow by closing down some pop doors, windows or big door or fan if needed.
    The thermometers serve me all year around.
    I don;t use the digital for in the house since I am more often down at the barn than in here and the barn and shed are too far from the house for read outs.
     
  10. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one of those 12" dia circular ones and always check it AM and PM. I am too far away from house for wireless. Tried baby monitor (blush) and it was quite noisy/static. I did run a quad tel line to the coop along with the water line and 20 amp/120v AC power. Free since I had the cable on hand anyway. Figured an extension phone not a bad idea. Still leaves 2 wires for remote temp reading OR intercom.

    Gerry:cool:
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2011

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