Question for PeepsCA

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by JLeigh, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. JLeigh

    JLeigh Songster

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    Not too long ago you posted a picture of the hygrometer you use, and I can't find it anywhere. Did an advanced search, etc. but no go. Would you tell me the one you have again? The two I have are virtually worthless pieces of.....well, they aren't very good. TIA.
     
  2. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Crowing

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    I use about 5 or 6 different Hygrometers, lol.

    I think the pic I posted recently was of the cheapo Springfield unit, from Walmart... http://www.walmart.com/ip/Springfield-Digital-Indoor-Thermometer-with-Hygrometer/10671021 I like the small size, but they aren't 100% accurate.

    The best one I have is one that I ordered from Cutler's, but the one they show now on their site looks a little different than the one I bought 4+ seasons ago... http://cutlersupply.com/zen_new51/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10&products_id=627

    Then I have 2 different units from radioshack...
    http://www.digicircle.com/item_desc...tdoor Thermometer with Hygrometer&id=26077863

    http://www.digicircle.com/item_desc...4 Indoor-Outdoor Wired Thermometer/Hygrometer

    I also use another kind that's not digital that I bought from eggcartons.com...
    http://www.eggcartons.com/New-Design-Incubator-Hygrometer-p/fhp-hygro.htm


    Oh and another cheapo that I got in the reptile section at the pet store, but it's probably the worst as far as accuracy.
    http://www.petmountain.com/product/...rm={keyword}&gclid=CJO3nN_Ow7gCFYxcMgodaTEAiA

    LOL, so take your pick. I just calibrate them all at the beginning of each hatching season and make a note of how "off" they are, and use the most accurate ones.

    I'm actually not a real stickler for humidity during incubation any more, as long as there's SOME but not a lot of RH (30-40%) for the first 23-24 days, and as long as there's LOTS for the hatch, then I'm good, lol. When I candle I monitor the air cell size more than I pay attention to my hygrometers, lol, so ball-park readings are close enough for me [​IMG]

    Incubation temps however are another story... those have to be perfect, within a couple 10ths of a degree, lol.
     
  3. JLeigh

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    LOL, well that clarifies it for me! Maybe I asked the wrong way - - which one do you like BEST? And the next question: which thermometer do you like best? Mine are all over the board. Can't seem to get an accurate reading on anything. Frustrating!

    You know, I almost did better when I fired up the 1588s, set the temp, poured water in trough #1 for incubating, trough #s 1 & 2 for hatching and walked away.

    But it's scary when EVERY reading is different from one 1588 to the next, and one thermometer and hygrometer to the next. (This one has a temp of 92, but a humidity read of 88...the other has a temp reading of 102, but a hygrometer read of 27. I'm exaggerating, but you get the idea.) I'm losing sleep, and am forced to up my alcohol intake I have no choice, LOL.[​IMG]

    I'll check out your links. Thanks!
     
  4. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Crowing

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    I like the one from Cutler's the best, but like I said the one they show now on their site looks different. The little Springfields are nice because of their size (and price)... but lately I've been more trusting of the black ones I got from radioshack, temp-wise too.

    If you are having issues with your 1588s' digital read outs, I'd be on the phone complaining to GFQ. Period.
     
  5. JLeigh

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    The only reason I haven't is because they're over a year old. The first season they seemed to do fine. The second season? Not so much. I'll call them to complain. Won't ask for anything, just the opportunity to share my heartfelt opinion LOL. Can't hurt.
     
  6. nailladi

    nailladi Chirping

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    JL, If you call Hova and ask for a tech they will walk you through re-calibration on the phone. I did that to all 4 of mine this year and all is well.
     
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  7. JLeigh

    JLeigh Songster

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    Really? COOL! I'll do that with my hatcher this afternoon. THANKS!! [​IMG]
     

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