temp problmes in incubator ??? please help.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Country Living Farm, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Ok, I have hatched several times and I just bought a little digital temp/hum to put in the incubator. The problem is I have been using the standard temp thermometer (little glass type that comes with the incubator) and when I put in the digital one with the one the incubator came with, the digital one showes a temp of 5-7 degrees lower than the one the incubator came with. If I turn up the heat until the digital one reads 99.5 then the factory one read like 105-107. Is this normal???? Is the digital that much more percise than the factory one or is something wrong with the digital one. From what I hatched using the standard one, Ihave had an 90% success. The only reason I got it was to monitor the humidy in the incubator but now I am confused. I hope what I typed makes sence. Please help!!!

    O, the digital one I bought was from Wal-mart and is a small white one. They also sell tons of them just like it one Ebay so I am guessing it is a good digital thermometer
  2. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2008
    Maybe you could get a third thermometer and check it against the other two and see which one is wrong. Good luck!

    Oh, and BTW, welcome to the forum!!!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2009
  3. SoJoChickens

    SoJoChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2009
    Fountain Green, UT
    If you have had 90% success rate with the standard thermometer, I would stick with that [​IMG]. Digital does not necessarily = accurate and 90% success is very good.

  4. chanda

    chanda Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 25, 2009
    I agree with SoJo. I was given a new digital thermometer/hygrometer(?) as a "happy", and put it in my incubator once. (Had been using the "included" thermometer up to that point.) I left BOTH thermometers in there just for kicks, and BOTH had different readings. The digital actually said that it was 105 degrees when the "included" read at 99.5.

    I decided to continue to use the "included" thermostat since I KNEW it worked for my hatching.

    Best of luck to you!


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