What remote-style weather station do you use to monitor coop conditions?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mobius, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    i am looking to purchase an indoor/outdoor weather station. The outdoor part will monitor conditions inside the coop. I need an outdoor humidity gauge (hygrometer). Min/Max would be great too~

    And not uber expensive: I want to monitor temp and humidity IN the coop remotely!

    So I thought I would ask the experts (meaning you folks in this forum): Winter is here and coop humidity/venting is important, IMHO.

    I am in deep NW Montana. So any gauge has to go more than -4F (one I saw on Amazon, smh!).

    Thanks so much for your considered responses![​IMG]
     
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  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I have "Ambient Weather WS-0101" with 2 remote sensors, base can read up to 3 sensors.
    It was fairly cheap, can't remember what it cost as I've had it a few years.
    Can be glitchy to set but has been pretty good overall.

    Sensors do need to be protected from weather(rain/snow) but it has gone to at least -12F.

    It quit reading remotes, changed batteries in sensors still no go, figured it was kaput.
    Once the base station display started fading, I put new batteries in that and now everything works fine again.

    Have one sensor out in coop, probably 30 feet away with clear shot thru windows,
    and use one in various other places, like the incubator during my hatching season.
     
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  3. matsayz

    matsayz Just Hatched

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    I purchased this from Amazon and works great. It's currently at least 40ft away and has great signal. I tested the remote sensor in the fridge along side a couple "instant read" thermometers I have and it was dang close (1-3degrees off)

    AcuRite 00611A3 Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer and Humidity Sensor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001B35APA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_FVlsyb1A9R2NT
     
  4. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use an Acu-rite 5 in 1 weather station. The main sensor is mounted on top of my chicken coop, about 15 feet off the ground. Measures wind speed, direction, rainfall, temp and humidity. To monitor my coop, I added an indoor sensor inside the coop for $12 that feeds temp and humidity to the main unit. The 5 in 1 can handle 10 sensors, and they feed to the Acu-rite website so I can monitor each station independently from my computer and smart phone. The initial purchase was steep, but adding sensors for the coop was cheap. I'm a weather / tech junkie, so it was worth it for me!

    https://www.amazon.com/AcuRite-0105...r=8-5&keywords=acurite+weather+station+5+in+1

    https://www.amazon.com/AcuRite-0604...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=9PPBV89F9WDQMK4ZJW08
     
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  5. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey there, I looked for this one but couldn't find one very quickly. But thanks! it helped guide my decision! So I pulled the trigger on this one:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/172353225312

    Which is quite similar I think and a Homdox Wireless Weather Humidity station, just under $20!
     
  6. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh my goodness I looked at some like those thinking wouldn't it be great to have it go to phone or computer! Those look so fun!
     
  7. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you thank you, this was my other choice!

    And welcome to BYC! this is what we are all about!

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    So important to share on here about what works, I thank you all! I am sure I will wonder why I was ever without one!
     
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  8. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also went with the acurite system...inside monitor and 3 sensors. One in the coop, one inside the run, and one somewhere in the front yard. The nice thing about the acurite is there's an app...so when I'm away on business I can still monitor the temp/humidity. It was especially useful this summer when it got really hot...I was able to turn on the exhaust fan remotely when I got the acurite temperature alert (set at 90 degrees) on my phone (which was about every day this summer)
     
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Well, my Ambient system seems to have gone kaput again, won't read coop sensor even with new batteries.
    Can't afford better equipment, let alone the cost of the cell phone coverage to have all those nifty apps.
    Really rotten cell signals here anyway.
     
  10. salsss

    salsss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got these wireless tags (the iPhone app is wirelessTag). There's one inside the coop, one in the run, one outside the coop, and one in the water bucket. They're supposed to be waterproof but i put the water tag in a baggie in there.

    I get temperature, humidity, and they also alert me if they move. Also I get this great graph which shows what times the temperature/humity changes--they're awesome!

    The only problem is that they have to be calibrated once in a while, which I do with an analogue temp/hygrometer. They work from WiFi.

    We're techie geeks...there is also a camera outside and inside the coop, all accessible why WiFi.
     

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