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Poultry and Pets => The Hen House => Topic started by: SMD66 on December 17, 2009, 08:51

Title: thermal image of hen keeping warm
Post by: SMD66 on December 17, 2009, 08:51
my OH took this image with his thermal imaging camera.  It shows how little heat is being lost through the feathers.

Just a little reassurance to all you worried poultry keepers out there thinking that the hens will be cold this winter!

The darker the colour the colder the area, see how the head is warm, that's presumably why they tuck their heads under their wings at night!
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Post by: bee on December 17, 2009, 08:56
That's great. Thanks!
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Post by: ehs284 on December 17, 2009, 09:11
Fantastic. Many thanks. Always amazes me how warm their feet are, yet they stand in icy cold water.
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Post by: Foxy on December 17, 2009, 10:06
That is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing :D :D
A daft question, is the body dark because they are not losing heat? (scatches head! :happy:)
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Post by: SMD66 on December 17, 2009, 10:15
yes foxy, the feathers are keeping the heat close to the body so no heat loss is shown.

 :)
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Post by: too many girls on December 17, 2009, 10:19
amazing  :D
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Post by: scrappydoo on December 17, 2009, 15:27
my OH took this image with his thermal imaging camera.  It shows how little heat is being lost through the feathers.

Just a little reassurance to all you worried poultry keepers out there thinking that the hens will be cold this winter!

The darker the colour the colder the area, see how the head is warm, that's presumably why they tuck their heads under their wings at night!
:) Hi Sam
        Very impressive, and thats given me an idea, a week from now if I should arrive home in a drunken stuper (not that I would obviously ;)) from socially wishing colleagues a Merry Christmas :D, and should I be disowned by my "Hello darling wifey poos" hic!  :mad: I could if I can find my way without falling in the pond :ohmy:, sleep in the coop with only the girls for a blanket and stay warm? hmmm........ :unsure:

 :D Wishing you all an early MERRY CHRISTMAS & a very Happy New Year!  :D

Best Regards

Steve
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Post by: SMD66 on December 17, 2009, 16:07
Great idea Steve, but you'd not only be in the preverbial with the wife you'd be in the  sh....... with the hens too! Yak!  :D
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Post by: karlooben on December 17, 2009, 16:10
wow thats so wicked , thankyou for sharing that piccy  :lol: :lol:
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Post by: Bonniebean on December 17, 2009, 16:35
Thanks for sharing the piccy - it makes me feel a bit better, especially since we are forcast for a lot of snow tonight!
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Post by: karlooben on December 17, 2009, 17:01
same here i feel better for my girls but not for the horses we have a mass deleivery coming in tomorw for Christmas supplies of bedding an hay for horses now i am worried they wont make it  but at least i dont need to worry about the girlies as i know they will stay inside if its snowing to hard .
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Post by: IMOmimey on December 17, 2009, 17:48
for the first time EVER, every single one of my choox went properly to bed inside their coops, no rescuing any from the trees,  no-one perching on top of the coop, just an inch out of reach. It was actually a pleasure to say goodnight to them tonight :D  and...instead of slipsliding onto my bum in the mud, I can slip on the ice! >:(
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Post by: Lindeggs on November 18, 2010, 18:01
Wow!  I know this thread is almost a year old now, but I think it's well worth bringing back to the top for newbies like me.

Not only does it explain why hens don't seem too worried about the cold, but it also explains why an eider-down quilt is so warm and why polar explorers wore quilted down jackets.

I'm impressed!
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Post by: wolverine on November 18, 2010, 18:46
I'd like to see one of a moulting hen poor things  :(
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Post by: TeaPots on November 18, 2010, 18:56
Or my frizzle!
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Post by: alisonwo on November 18, 2010, 21:08
What an interesting pictures thanks, makes me feel a bit happier about them not having an electric blanket in the winter lol.
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Post by: Ma Lowe on November 19, 2010, 15:19
that is good to see. Thanks for bumping this up it really does put your mind at rest.  :happy:
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Post by: Lastcast on November 19, 2010, 17:01
great pic, should reasure anyone worrying about their hens and the cold, also explains as i've posted before, how some of my uncles hens come down from the trees, with a frosty covering. His main concern is that mr fox is not there waiting for them.
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Post by: Foghorn-Leghorn on November 19, 2010, 18:09
That is a great photo - I'll stop worrying quite as much, well, about them keeping warm anyway.  I'm sure I can keep finding plenty of other things to worry about with them though!  ::)