Fish thermometer, wet/dry bulb, and temp readings (for my bator)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BreakinTheLaw, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. BreakinTheLaw

    BreakinTheLaw New Egg

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    Hi all. This site is great. Thanks for all the nice reading and awesome advice. [​IMG]

    This is my first hatch and I'm VERY excited, but also very cautious. So here's my hatching question >

    I have two thermometers, one that reads the air temperature and one that reads the water temperatute (submerged).

    Should these two read the same temp?

    One is a household-style display that reads a remote sensor (that I've placed in the bator). That's nice because it also reads humididty (which is between 50-60%). The current reading on that device is roughly 100 degrees F.

    The second is a thermometer I stole from my fish tank and I placed the temp sensor in the water. That reads closer to 96 degrees F.

    Anyone have any ideas? I started with the fish thermometer at 99.5 but when I added the second thermometer, it was reading well above 102 F and that scared me. I tried to make up the difference (that's how I ended up at 96/100)...

    So the real question would be: WHAT SHOULD READ 99.5, THE AIR OR THE WATER? OR SHOULD THEY BE THE SAME?

    I'll post pics from home.
     
  2. Robin L

    Robin L Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you might get more help if you post this on the Incubating & Hatching Eggs board.
     
  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    I have two thermometers, one that reads the air temperature and one that reads the water temperatute (submerged).

    Should these two read the same temp?
    Not likely. Unless you are using a lab standard thermometer, you have to compare what you DO have against a known temperature.

    Have you ever heard of a water weasel? You should. Have a look at this link:
    http://shilala.homestead.com/weasel.html

    Then next thing to get is a lab standard or dedicated incubating thermometer. The Brinsea suggested in the included link is great. Get the water weasels at WalMart for $1.
     
  4. BreakinTheLaw

    BreakinTheLaw New Egg

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    Yeah, I realized I posted in the wrong forum too late - oh well.

    Davaroo, thanks for the post. I don't have a water weasel, I was hoping the submerged therm would act the same way. It definitely cools and heats slower than the air therm and maintains a steady 6 degree difference between the wet & dry. PS - I've also read TONS of your posts in the archives, so a big thanks for all the good stuff you've shared with others. This forum is addicting.

    Sooo. I think I'm OK for now. I got 15 eggs and I'll be psyched if one hatches. Next time I order eggs I'll get a real therm and a water weenie (as we always called them as a kid)! I'm just psyched - this is something I always wanted to try and when I discovered my "shed" was a community hen house in WWII (victory garden style) I decided it was worth "breaking the law" to try and keep a hen or two. Or eleven [​IMG] And just a couple roosters [​IMG]

    Anyhow, y'all be seein' plenty of my posts soon (hopefully) as I build all my equipment and share my experiences. I've got 19 days to build a pen for the chicks, then another four weeks I figure to revamp the hen house. One thing at a time I figure as not to get ahead of myself.

    I'll try and include plenty of photos - I can tell you guys like the pics! ;D

    Thanks - D
     

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