I think i fried my eggs...

JAK Rabbitry

Songster
10 Years
May 22, 2009
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Day 4... tried candling....
I didn't have an accurate thermometer to compare the included one with, so I just decided to do my best and I kept it at about 100.

Well today I went to walmart and bought a little nifty gadget that reads both temperature and humidity. Well then it tells me it's over 106 in my incubator. And my humidity isl ike 29%, even though I kept water in the rings at the bottom.

Here's one candling pick...they all look like this, with little speckly light areas all over the egg. No dark spots to be seen.

This is my first attempt at hatching.... can you tell me what i'm looking at in my candling pic? It certainly doesn't look like any reference photo i've seen.

candlegg.jpg
 

Tala

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 14, 2009
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Benton (Saline County) AR
you have to test those cheap thermometer/hygrometers to make sure that they agree with a thermometer that you "know" to be correct. You can test the hygrometer part by sealing it into a jar or plastic baggie with a salt & water concaution. My Acurite thermometer/hygrometer reads 9% over on the humidity level, but seems correct on the temp.

If you just threw it in there without testing how do you know it doesn' read 4 degrees over?

I saw some veining in my eggs at 3 days, but it's only on one part of the yolk so you'd have to turn the egg "just so" to see it. I'm NOT in any way a candling expert though!!
 

JAK Rabbitry

Songster
10 Years
May 22, 2009
134
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Freedom, PA - Pittsburgh area
Quote:
Honestly I dont have anything to compare it with. Even the thermostate in my house is super old and questionable, and isn't digital either, and my house isn't insulated because it's so old, who knows?

I read reviews for this gadget and all but one person said they were accurate.
Can anyone recommend something for me I can order that will be accurate?
 

Tala

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 14, 2009
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If you get a mercury-style thermometer, or one of the digi ones with a probe on it - you callibrate them by testing them in boiling water. The temperature of boiling water is always 212*F (except for super-high altitudes, I think) so if your thermometer stabilizes at 215*F you know that it reads high. Get the idea?
The same is true for ice water. A styrofoam cup with lots of crushed ice will stabilize at 32*F or 0*C, and if your thermometer reads higher or lower you know that it's off.
Then you would place the calibrated thermometer and the cheap one side-by-side for several hours and compare the readings.


If you know your thermometer reads 3 degrees high, then when it says 103 you know it's really only 100.
 

mstricer

Crowing
12 Years
Feb 12, 2009
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I had 3 of those accurite digital thermometers and all read different except for temp all where the same after have lots of bad hatchs I calbratited them and got one that was only 1% off I used it and I'm so far having a great hatch. Day 19 and almost all my Faverolles are pipping.
 

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