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Incubator Thermometers

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by meagan1823, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. meagan1823

    meagan1823 In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2016
    Hello all,
    New here. I bought a Styrofoam incubator and am going to try my hand at hatching some of our eggs.
    I was wondering what thermometer you guys used? We have the one that comes with it, the one on the clear sheet that comes with it. I don't know how accurate it is and I want to make sure our temperature is right.

    Thanks for yalls help

  2. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Songster

    Jul 25, 2009
    Ribera New Mexico
    I purchased a thermometer from TSC and got a Hygrometer as well to measure humidity( not from TSC) Digital thermometer are probably most accurate. Find any one there is no one that has to be bought. I place two different thermometer in to double check the temperature.
  3. Coreenelane

    Coreenelane Chirping

    Feb 22, 2016
    It was suggested to get 2 or 3 thermometers from Walmart in the fish department. Check all that you are buying to make sure they read the same
  4. bill munny

    bill munny Hatching

    Mar 12, 2016
    I just started this process to with a Styrofoam incubator, my question is how do i get the humidity down, it was around 35% until I put the eggs in then went to 55%. I don't have any water in the trenches either.
  5. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 1, 2015
    I use fish tank thermometers (found at walmart) and the Digital hygroset II. Make sure that whatever thermometer you end up using is calibrated, as some can be off by more than 5 degrees!

    The one that comes with it is usually off by about 2 degrees.... So don't trust it.


    Tips & Warnings​

    • If completing steps in the “Calibrating – Using Boiling Water” section and you are at an elevation between 1,000 and 1,999 feet, the temperature to calibrate your digital thermometer at is 210 degrees F; between 2,000 and 2,999 feet, calibrate at 208 degrees F; between 3000 and 3,999 feet, 206.4 degrees F; between 4,000 and 4,999 feet, 204.5 degrees F; between 5,000 and 5,999 feet, 202.75 degrees F; and 8,000 feet and higher, 197.5 degrees F.​
    • Using the ice mixture method provides the most accurate calibration​

  6. meagan1823

    meagan1823 In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2016
    Thank you all so much for the advice and suggestions.

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