Help! Incubator temp reading and supplemental thermometer disagree

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hermit Holler, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. Hermit Holler

    Hermit Holler In the Brooder

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    I have an inexpensive incubator (Little Giant from TSC) with a fan. The built in digital thermometer on the incubator says 101 degrees but the supplementary thermometer I put in the incubator is reading 97 degrees. I calibrated the supplementary thermometer using the ice water bath method and it was right on 32 degrees. Which thermometer should I trust more??? Any help will be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. The calibrated one. Where is the sensor for the built in thermometer versus the supplemental one? Are they relatively the same distance from the heater and at the same "vertical" distance from the heater? Forced air still does not remove hot and cold spots unfortunately.
     
  3. Hermit Holler

    Hermit Holler In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply. the 'bator temp sensor is on a wire that can be positioned where you want inside the 'bator. The built in sensor is about the same horizontal and vertical distance from the heater.
     
  4. feedman77

    feedman77 Crowing

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    Be careful with the temp probe on the wire that is attached to the plastic sheet.

    If you use a Turner it will move the probe with the eggs. So the temp will change as it moves. Also it never sets back to the exact spot when you open the lid.

    Trust your calibrated thermometer.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I recommend calibrating your thermometers against a human medical thermometer.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...incubator-thermometers-and-hygrometers.73634/
     
  6. Hermit Holler

    Hermit Holler In the Brooder

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    I do use a turner. Is it best to suspend the probe from the cover somehow? How often is it recommended to check the calibrated thermo with the control board temp?
     

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