Need Help! My Hydrometers STINK!!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lockedhearts, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    I have 3 different ones , did the salt/calibration and they all STINK..
    One reads 55% , One reads 70 and one reads 61

    I am just going to buy a really good one. I know there was at least one post with a site about good ones, they were not cheap, but I am getting ready to set eggs next week and I want it to be right, I want a really good hatch, well as good as possible with shipped eggs.
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've had good luck with the Accurites that I get from Walmart. Have you tried one of those?
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I use the Accurites from Wal-mart and a small Springfield, have never had a problem.
     
  4. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    All 3 are Accurites [​IMG]
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Hmmmmmm...new batteries maybe? I don't know what to suggest to you.
     
  6. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    I will change the batteries out tonight and try the calibration again. I changed the batteries but they were cheap dollar store batteries, I will get duracells this time. Hope that is the problem [​IMG]
     
  7. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    I've had that problem with the accurites and springfields. Then the ones I did get that were close enough to do the figuring, went goofy. I'm done hatching this year but, have decided I'm going to spend a little more and get a good quality one next year. Either a reptile one from a pet store or a hatching one from one of the online stores.
     
  8. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    I thought aboput ordering a hatching one, but any ideas who has the best one?
     
  9. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lockedhearts, if it was me I would just use all 3 that you have and then average them out. The 55-70 is quite a difference but the 61 puts a good average number in there. With my first cheep bator I had the humidity jump in swings of some 50% when turning the eggs. My first hatch was in Feb. with the furnace running and that was a killer on the humidity. In the summer you have so many variables, home temps during the day, air pressure and humidity in the unconditioned house. (unless you run the air 24-7. Good luck, John
     
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  10. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Well, my Accurites are way better than the new Taylor I spent 30.00 on so go figure!...lol..

    I just replace the batteries with new each time I hatch and take the batteries out when the hatch is done and let the accurite and springfield dry out....I never calibrated mine and have had 100% hatches ...
     

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