@Sally Sunshine OR ANYONE WHO CAN ASSIST ME. Thank you
I have a LG w/forced air heater. I have 5 thermometers inside the bator and one of them is a thermometer/hygometer and the LG also has a built-in thermometer and hygometer.
MY Q is: which thermometer should I gage my temperature at. EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT!! I have calibrated the glass thermometers in a glass of ice and water. I set the LG temp at 97.4, I have played with this to get the closest temps. I am aming for 98.5 degrees and I am getting temp readings of:
96.8, 103, 102, 106, 93.5 and the hygometer/thermometer is 97. All these temps have been steady w/ a degree lower at times, in the mornings.
Hey Cyndi, I test my thermometers by ice testing them, and 32 degrees means they are perfect. Anything above or below is how many degrees your thermometer is off by. Here's the link to the website I first used-
The boiling one is pretty hard, and the ice one is really easy. Just swirl the water around every couple minutes is what I do. Then I let it settle and read after a while. Hope this helps you, obviously you can't test the bator itself, but at least you will know if it's off.
Great help! How are you Mira!
@Sally Sunshine you can take me off the hatch list - I'm done, threw out the four eggs (no eggtopsy, and no float test, I decided I didn't want to mess with any live chicks that late that needed help). The seven live chicks are doing fantastic.
Regarding the "Kristin's horribly shipped eggs" - I just want to be sure everyone understands - I got these eggs inexpensively pre-auction for the express purpose of the seller testing both her fertility and her shipping method (with which she had had previous success), because she was serious about doing her due diligence before auction. I did not instruct her how to ship at all or make any requests, this was a test of HER other method. So in an odd way, it was a "success", as it uncovered weaknesses in her earlier method and we had a very detailed dialog about what went wrong and shipping options, and when her eggs did go to auction, she packaged them completely differently, and they did VERY well in shipping for the buyer(s).
I just didn't want anyone thinking anything bad about her, that's all. Meanwhile, I learned a LOT about salvaging beat up hatching eggs!!!!
Here are some more baby pics:
They are so friendly!!!!
R-Coms are horizontal - the eggs are on this conveyor belt thingie and are rolled to turn.
Busy day (as expected). Got home exhausted, but still was able to set up the new Speckled Sussex paddock. They were SO glad to be let back out again (and on fresh grass, to boot!). New Cream Legbar paddock tomorrow. setting all paddocks up now so there are two for any ranging group (to let the ground recover and give them fresh ground).
And even though the incubators aren't even clean yet, somehow, without even making a conscious decision, THIS is happening!!!!!
Okey dokey, off to catch up on my other threads tonight (yes, I have other threads. Please don't be jealous. I'll be back...)
- Ant Farm
awwwwwww Thank you for explaining the eggs in more detail! chicks are adorable!!!!! so leave your name on the hatching list just get rid of the current hatch!! ha ha ha gotcha!!!