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Hygrometer Calibrating help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GothChick, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. GothChick

    GothChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I tried calibrating my hygrometer with the salt method. This morning when I checked in it, it is reading at 69% so is it really 6% off or did I mess up the test? I put 1/2 cup salt, with 1/4 cup water in a small coffee cup and then put them in a ziplock bag overnight. Any advice? I have eggs arriving in the mail today and need everything set up for them. Thanks!
     
  2. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Throw the thing away!!!

    Go to a hardware store and buy a CHEAP digital indoor outdoor thermometer that also tells the humidity. You can get one for less than $15. No calibrating/ no guessing and it is easy to read. I ditched the hygrometer about 10 years ago.

    I'm not always into the easy way out, but trust me, you'll think me in the long run.
     
  3. GothChick

    GothChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a digital indoor/outdoor one but it still is reading off. I even checked the temperature reading and it was a bit off. It is reading 69% in the bag with the salt water mixture.
     
  4. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My cheap one works, that's all I can tell you. Hatch rate runs around 90-95%. I try to hatch 300-500 chicks per season.
     
  5. jenlynn4

    jenlynn4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    go to the pet store and get one in the reptile department for 6 bucks!!!
     
  6. FlipFlopFarmer

    FlipFlopFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    STUPID STUPID STUPID humidity!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i prefer my hydrometer from the reptile supply with the needle on it. The digital one from walmart was smoking crack!!! I am on the verge of just taking the thing out of the bator all together just to keep my sanity! Good luck!
     

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