I should have listened

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chik-n-chit, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. chik-n-chit

    chik-n-chit New Egg

    Jun 25, 2015
    I have been trying to hatch eggs for some time now and after multiple failed attempts I decided that I have to be doing something wrong. I researched the topic for days without seeing any clue as to what I could be screwing up. I kept telling myself "You are missing something and it is going to be something simple". And it was! I have always used the same digital thermometer on each blunder, so I decided to check it. Being at the end of my rope I purchased and new one and checked it against the old. While the old one read 99.5 the new one read 107.1. I could have kicked myself in the arse. I have read in several different threads and other sources to try this many times. I am unsure to why I always just ignored the advice, but I did. So, take it from me, checking your thermometer/hydrometer may seem redundant but it's not, especially if you are having problems. I hope that this will save someone the frustration that it has caused me! If you are having a problem and you think it's something simple, it probably is!

    Happy hatching!
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2012
    Conway SC
    Now have you hatched any since you found out this problem? How do you know the new one is not way off? Did you do a eggtopsy on your last hatch---if so did you have any formed chicks inside the egg?
  3. chik-n-chit

    chik-n-chit New Egg

    Jun 25, 2015
    I should have mentioned that, Yes I have hatched with the new thermometer. As soon as I saw the difference in the two I put a mercury thermometer with them so that I knew which was right. Eggtopsy showed no signs of developing chicks.
  4. peaceisgreen

    peaceisgreen Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 23, 2017
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    Don't feel bad, I compromised my very first hatch by making the same mistake. I bought a new thermometer/hygrometer combo to use in my borrowed bator and never checked it. At lockdown, I thought the development looked a bit behind but they were real active and I was hoping it was just inexperience. Day 24 I finally had one hatch that survived, day 25 I had one hatch that was just too weak and died. I was told to check my thermometer. Uh huh. Off by almost 6 degrees. So it was a lot cooler than it was reading. (Didn't help either that my humidity was ridiculously high.) After that I have never incubator with less than 2 thermometers in my bator.
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