Listening to eggs with a stethoscope?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Gypsy07, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Would this be possible? Maybe for eggs in the last week of incubation?
    Would you hear a heartbeat? Or would you hear movement from them?
  2. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Songster

    Oct 21, 2010
    Boise, ID
    If I understand things right (big IF) stethoscopes do not amplify sound, only conduct. So it would be the same as holding the egg up to your ear.
    Correction, they do amplify a little via the diapragm in the drum of the stethoscope. The surface of the the working end makes poor contact with the egg and all you can hear is a scratching sound of the shell on the scope surface. If you made a soft adapter to fit over the end of the scope to cushio the egg, it might work. I only know this becuase I have a stethoscope, and i just went to the incy and tried it on a 17 day developing egg.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2011
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Some have said they could, I cant hear that good.
  4. karlamaria

    karlamaria Songster

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    I was thinking the same thing, maybe putting a thin piece of cloth on the egg then trying to see if you can hear anything? Anyone else tried to hear chicks in the egg like this?
  5. LottieLou

    LottieLou In the Brooder

    Apr 4, 2013
    Yes, it works

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