Accurite & humidity issues

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rarebreedeggs4u, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. rarebreedeggs4u

    rarebreedeggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new here [​IMG]

    I have an older GQF 1202 incubator. I have been using 2 of the indoor/outdoor Accu-rite thermometers/hygrometers. When I started my incubator back up yesterday the room air humidity was reading 78%. After 24 hours at around 100 degrees, the humidity in the incubator was still at only (average, they are 7 percent off of each other @@) 41%.

    It has an automatic water system. Even in past hatches, with both humidity pads in and water condensed on the inner door, the humidity reading on BOTH accu-rites never got above 58% or so. The top and bottom center vents are halfway open. All right and left side top & bottom vents are closed.

    I find it hard to believe that the humidity, with that much moisture present, is not *really* a lot higher. The probes are placed alongside the eggs in the egg trays.

    Any ideas or advice? Are there more accurate thermometer/hygrometers I can try? I did try the wet bulb method on my last hatch, with a new probe from GQF and it reads WAY high, with a thermometer right next to it reading way low (according to the accu-rite and a mercury 'bator thermometer...ugh).

    Right now the Accu-rites read 99.3 & 99.7 degrees and humidity of 37% and 43%. The wet bulb thermometer reads 108!

    I'm stumped...
     
  2. Ravynwood

    Ravynwood Out Of The Brooder

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    I am so glad you posted this, I have just started up my first LG incubator for the first time a few hours ago, and the humidity has not changed in the least, at 99.8% after a few hours I assumed it would go up at least a few points. I to am using a acurite meter.

    I came here to address the very issue.
     
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    The wet bulb thermometer reads 108!

    108? Degrees? [​IMG]
    Sounds to me like its the one with issues.​
     
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Theres a wet salt test to calibrate them... Maybe someone has a link to it.
     
  5. rarebreedeggs4u

    rarebreedeggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:108? Degrees? [​IMG]
    Sounds to me like its the one with issues.

    I agree, but it's new?? [​IMG]

    I swear if I had the money I'd buy a super, duper, super fantastic all digital incubator.

    I bought the second Accu-rite digital because I didn't trust the first one. Condensation on the door and it reads in the 40's-50's for humidity? That just sounds hinkey to me!

    My hatches haven't been *bad*, but they could be better.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hopefully, you know that the probe in the AcuRite does NOT read humidity, a common misconception. If you do, then disregard. The entire unit must be in the incubator to read bator humidity.
    I have two AcuRites. One reads 7-10 too low on humidity. You have to calibrate them with wet salt to be sure how much they're off.
     
  7. Ravynwood

    Ravynwood Out Of The Brooder

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    omg you are the best! ty for the key information. I knew I wasn't totally crazy.
     
  8. rarebreedeggs4u

    rarebreedeggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No, I sure did NOT know that! Thank you! I checked my new hygrometer today and it's WAY off. I popped my old one in and put the wet bulb sleeve on and got a good reading @@. I think I'll stick with my old one [​IMG]
     

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