Thermometer help...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SterlingAcres, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Okay, so I ran out to Lowe's this morning and grabbed a cheap accurite thermometer/hydrometer. While I was looking at it, I noticed they had a nice digital read out one too, so I grabbed that as well (I didn't see them offered online). Now the bator's up and running again, but the humidity reading on both is 10% difference. What should I do? I don't know which one is accurate.... HELP I've got eggs coming today or tomorrow.

    [​IMG] God... only me. I swear.
  2. penelope77

    penelope77 Songster

    May 6, 2008
    northeast oklahoma
    hey oldtimegator that is great info. i've wondered about the dry incubation but hadn't found anything i really understand perfectly. i might try that next time.
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Calabrating hydrometer-from Speckledhen.

    1. You can calibrate a hydrometer by mixing in a bowl 1/2 cup of salt in 1/4 cup water. Actually a couple TBSP of salt moistened with water is enough.
    2.Place bowl inside a zip lock baggie with your hydrometer. After at least 8 hours, your hygrometer should read 75%.
    3. If it says, for example 80% you know that it is reading 5% to high and then you can make adjustments in your readings

    To check thermometer accuracy:
    Eggseronious wrote: Get a quart of ice and crush it or use a blender make an ice water mix put the thermometer down in about 2 inches and sit for 4-5 minutes should read 32* degrees make sure its a thick slush of ice water.
  4. Quote:This is really helpful!

    My hyrgrometer/thermometer was off for several hours and I was freaking out. By morning it was reading fine.....

    Not only you! At least you tried it out before you put your eggs in! I waited until day 4. [​IMG] I couldn't decide which one to get and kept procrastinating...... oy.
  5. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Well a few hours later and they're both reading within 1 degree of each other in temperature and humidity.
    Thanks FK for posting the calibrating directions again, I couldn't find it to save my life. [​IMG]
    horsegirl, I'm really bad with procrastination with everything besides incubation. [​IMG] The last hatch, I made sure my incubator was running stable a week and half before I got the eggs in it.
  6. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Quote:If you go looking for them again, try to remember my misc. info page. I have it posted there as well as a lot of other info.

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