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Quick questions about my hydrometer.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Maxamus, Nov 29, 2015.

  1. Maxamus

    Maxamus Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello friends, I am using an exoterra hydrometer and I don't know if its broken or what.I barley have any water in the incubator and its hitting the 80 on this thinkg. Am I reading it right? Im picking up the eggs today and putting them in tomorrow. Fast help please.
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    I've not come across that type of hygrometer before. Could you do a Google search of the model for some instructions of how to check/calibrate it?

    Your environment can also have an affect on incubator humidity. Are you in a humid environment?
    Also where your incubator is placed in the home can have an affect.
     
  3. Maxamus

    Maxamus Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I went to fleet to pick a new hydrometer and picked up an accurate one. Now it reads 93%....***! Please help as I need these eggs in by tonite.[​IMG]
     
  4. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'd recommend taking all the water out and dry incubating the first 18 days unless it's extremely dry where you live. that'll give you 18 days to get an accurate calibrated hygrometer for use during lockdown.
     
  5. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just an FYI a hyGrometer measures relative humidity and a hyDrometer measures specific gravity, i'm not sure if you're just mistyping it here or if you have the wrong instrument.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Hygrometers can be easily tested by putting 1/2 cup salt and 1/4 cup water in a dish or jar and mixing it to a slurry.
    Put the salt slurry jar and the hygrometer next to each other in a large sealed plastic bag.
    After 8-12 hours the hygrometer should read 75%... note any differences and you're set.
     

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