Here are responses to some questions about the owl nest posed by Bryan County elementary school children:
Keegan wonders if there are feathers inside the eggs that keep them warm when the mother owl leaves the nest.
Answer: The eggs contain only the developing chick, not feathers, although as the date of hatching approaches, the chicks will start to develop a few downy feathers . The eggs get pretty warm while the mother owl is sitting on them (about 100 degrees F) and they will retain heat for quite a while even when placed in a cold environment. Here’s an experiment you can do with the help of an adult at home (or your teacher at school) — Cook an egg in boiling water for about five minutes. Then use a spoon to remove the egg from the pan it was cooked in and place the egg in the refrigerator. Open the refrigerator 5 minutes later and feel the egg. Is it cold yet or still warm? If still warm, leave it for another 5 minutes and then check it again. See how long it takes before the egg feels as cold as everything else in the refrigerator.
Jacob asks if we will still be recording after the eggs hatch.
Answer: YES! We’ll keep the cameras rolling because things get really interesting once those little chicks appear.
Courtney would like to know how the baby owls will stay warm once they hatch.
Answer: The mother owl will sit down gently on top of the young chicks to keep them warm (this is called “brooding”) for about the first week after they hatch. It’s similar to how she kept the eggs warm to incubate them. After that, the chicks will have grown enough feathers to keep themselves warm.
And finally, everyone here at The Landings Owl Cam agrees with Seth, who says, “We are having a hooting good time watching her!”
Thanks for watching and asking such good questions!