Digital vs. alcohol, which thermometer is right?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by morgakl2, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. morgakl2

    morgakl2 Out Of The Brooder

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    My eggs have been in an incubator since July 23rd. I've been using the alcohol thermometer that came with the "Little Giant" incubator. Tonight, I bought and added a digital thermometer because I needed the hydrometer feature. Both sensors are laying on top of the eggs. The alcohol thermometer is reading 98 degrees, while the digital is reading 95.4 degrees. Which should I trust and go by?
     
  2. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a regular medical thermometer that I know is accurate to check mine. Or you could stick them under your tongue and see which one comes closest to normal body temp.... unless of course you are running a fever. [​IMG]
     
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed with the LG thermometers, that they are grossly inaccurate. The glass can even be moved up or down a little without much effort. I use multiple methods to check temperature, but prefer the "old-school" glass thermometer from the drug store. I have used a candy thermometer, a digital, even a meat thermometer. It took some trial and error. I have even used the regular digital oral thermometer for spot-checks.
     
  4. morgakl2

    morgakl2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I like the trouble shooting idea of putting it under my tongue. Way to think out of the box ( or incubator in this case).

    I guess this first incubation will be trial and error. thanks for letting me know that LG thermometers are off. I didn't even realize that the plastic backing with numbers could shift. If I've had the temperature at 95 this whole time, how much will it effect my eggs [​IMG] ???

    Thank you both [​IMG]
     
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your eggs will be fine. They may hatch a little later than expected though.
     
  6. morgakl2

    morgakl2 Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you so much for the reassurrance! [​IMG]
     
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I've read recommendations of tossing the LG thermomter and buy and calibrate another one. My LG thermometer reads 106 most of the time! My others, which are calibrated , read 100-101. Wish they put in a coupon instead of a thermometer!
     
  8. dwhite

    dwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought many aftermarket alcohol thermometers, didn't matter the brand none read the same, ditched them for digital from lowes, all but one was good, calibrated against a mercury thermometer.
     

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