HOW DO I KNOW IF MY THERMOMETER IS ACCURATE?!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by P0U1TRYP3RS0N, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. P0U1TRYP3RS0N

    P0U1TRYP3RS0N Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a four year old digital thermometer from radio shack in the incubator. It was accurate.....When I used it four years ago! But since then the probe has been put outside the bathroom window to read the outdoor temperature. Would that affect hwo accurate it is? Before I put the batch of shipped eggs in the 'bator and risk them, how do I check if my thermometer is accurate? THANKS!
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    You should buy a second thermometer to check the difference in temps [​IMG]
     
  3. flip9109

    flip9109 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yup check it against another one, even your thermostat would work
     
  4. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Tulsa
    Set your hot tap running in the range of a medical thermometer, and compare the temp. you get from each.

    Alternatively, get some modelling clay. Make an egg sized lump and set it in your incubator for an hour or two. Then take the internal temp with your probe and your medical thermometer (pref 2 if you have them)

    I calibrated all mine that way, then labelled the difference on each.
     
  5. P0U1TRYP3RS0N

    P0U1TRYP3RS0N Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I tried to check it against the thermostat- It was within one degree. It registered about a degree cooler than the thermostat. So the 'bator says it's holding steady at 99.5 (YAY!)...So, assuming for safety's sake it could be up to a degree cooler in there....It's about 98.5 or 98.7 Farenheit. Is 98.7 degrees in a forced air incubator okay?
     
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