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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jrtpro, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. jrtpro

    jrtpro In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2008
    Milan, GA
    what is the best Thermometer you have used in an incubator?
    I am trying to avoid the trial and error method. Thanks
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member 10 Years

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I have been thru 6 and none of them ever match. Oh well, good luck
  3. jrtpro

    jrtpro In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2008
    Milan, GA
    That is what I am trying to avoid. Nothing is made in America anymore. I was thinking, some kind of lab thermometer.
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Any thermometer can be good or bad, depending on the thermometer. I have read a lot of people's posts that said to check any thermometer with a standard mercury thermometer, just to check for accuracy. I have a thermometer/hygrometer, that I got at walmart for around $6 that I haven't had any problems with. I think it's called accurite.
  5. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    Milton Florida
    Good luck, I have four, and each one reads different, might be the more you spend, the better one you get. I have to cheap walmart with hydrometer, and seems to be about a degree off.
  6. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Songster

    May 1, 2008
    What dept. in Walmart carries the thermometer/hygrometer? I don't go there often & don't want to wander the entire store!
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    I use GQF dial (for wet bulb readings), Taylor digital thermometer/hygrometer and Accurite digital thermometer/hygrometer and all have worked fine for me.

    I have found that the ones they send with the incubator are junk and usually off by 6 degrees. These should be calibrated or tossed in the nearest garbage can. [​IMG]

    Keep in mind that even if you don't get the perfect thermometer, you can judge the accurate temp by the day your chicks hatch. If they hatch before day 21, your thermometer is reading too low (ex: showing you 100, when it's actually 101). If they hatch late, your thermometer is reading too high (ex: showing you 100, when it's actually 98.5). Once you figure out exactly how it is reading, you can judge your settings and get your hatches to occur consistently every time.

  8. jrtpro

    jrtpro In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2008
    Milan, GA
    Quote:I found them in the hardware section.
  9. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    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.

    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
  10. jrtpro

    jrtpro In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2008
    Milan, GA
    Quote:Thanks! I will try this.

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