My eggs are on the way .. thermometer question!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by texasgal, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    So I've ordered some eggs from upintheholler .. yay!

    I fired up the bator .. put the two little thermometers that came with it in there .. then bought a digital one from Wal-mart with a hygrometer and put it in there.

    Well, there is a 7 degree difference between the two. when the two little ones say 100 degrees .. the digital says 107 .. O. M. G...

    Then DH took the digital to work today to calibrate it .. and it's only less than a degree off at the high end. Soooooo, that means that the cheesy little thermometers that they send WITH the bator .. are both wrong by SEVEN freakin' degrees .. [​IMG]

    I told him that I was going to go buy ANOTHER thermometer, just to add more variables.. lol.

    I'm going nuts already and the eggs aren't even here.. [​IMG]

    Is this a sign? Am I going to lose my mind??

  2. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    Quote:No... you're not losing your mind... those thermometers are never right.
    At least you checked them before you put the eggs in!
    Good Luck!
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2010
  3. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    So, I'm tossing those thermometers .. buying another digital .. and will go by what they say .. whew!

    I thought for sure that the ones that CAME WITH the bator would at least be correct!

  4. Eagle2026

    Eagle2026 HIGH FLYER

    Mar 10, 2009
    Snohomish, WA.
    I like the cooking kind.
    I got mine at Fred Myers for 3.99
    I also have one of those from Lowes that is digital.
    It's good to have backup once you figure out what you like.
  5. weirdmuse

    weirdmuse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Southwest Ohio
    The instructions for the Little Giant bator even say that the thermometer that they include may be inacurate and to test it against a known accurate model and adjust the reading as needed. Such as if yours is 7 degrees strong, it will still be accurate in it's rate of read just inaccurate on the scale so if it says 37 it's really 30 and if it says 137 it's really 130. I personally like the cheap 7 dollar digital thermometer / hygrometer from Walmart.
  6. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    My digital one is off by 5 degrees. The two I got with my two LGs are spot on. Go figure. I think it just depends on the individual thermometers. I also have two from the pet store for reptile tanks they are both correct and read the same as the two that came with the bator. The hygrometers from the pet store were both way off when I calibrated them and so is the digital one ..go figure..
  7. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2008
    Corvallis, OR
    While I don't trust the little ones, they are actually more accurate than my digital ones.

    I just got the spot check thermometer from brinsea, and that one I do trust! I have a digital flukers one that I don't even read the temp on, it will read from 87 to 129 even though the temps are stable.

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