What is the temprature of a chickens foot?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Elky, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. Elky

    Elky Out Of The Brooder

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    I am making a poster on something and cant figure out what temperature a chickens legs are? When I looked it up I just got cooking advice! Anyone????
     
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  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I am pretty certain temperature varies with temperature and core temperature of the bird. It does not normally cool to freezing and feels a little warm even when a bird is walking on snow. Otherwise lower ambient temperature mean cooler feet. When a bird is exerting itself or otherwise stress by heat, then more blood is shunted to the feet making them feel warm where the heat can then be "dumped" into whatever the bird is walking on. This is like a dog.


    You can purchase a relatively low cost devise to detect surface temperature based on infrared light coming off feet. You also need to better define what a foot is and what parts are being measured.
     
  3. Elky

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    I am just looking for the "general" temp of the shank not the temp of my birds
     
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    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    My explanation above holds even if just the shank.
     
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    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I use something like shown below to measure where heat is lost from large fish tanks. Might do what you need although repeated measures required to get an average.


    http://www.lowes.com/pd/General-Too..._clickID=56bee2d8-78a2-48af-94a8-e31e6cbf0f6b

    Data like you are looking for likely does not exist in the literature for chickens. You might find it for wild fowl living under extreme thermal conditions. For giggles I will run to lab tonight and fetch my reader to see if it works. You peaked my interest.
     
  6. Elky

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    Well if it works let me know!
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Curious as to why?
     
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    The poster is on counter-current heat exchange so for one of my pics I need to label shank heat
     
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  10. Elky

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    I'll take a pic once its done! Its for our County fair :)
     
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