What thermostat is right?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kmlnll, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. kmlnll

    kmlnll Out Of The Brooder

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    Which thermostat to believe?
    1. 100.0 hum 49% (brand zilla)
    2. 97.5 hum 56% (brand happy farm)
    3. 97 hum 47% (acurite)
    4. 101 hum 59% (zoomed)
    5. 99.1 (doesn't read humidity) (acurite)

    2 I got from the pet store 1 and 4. 2 I got from Home Depot 3 and 5. And 1 I got on eBay.
     
  2. JJSS89

    JJSS89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know...I am uncomfortable with that range though.
     
  3. kmlnll

    kmlnll Out Of The Brooder

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    It's crazy, right? I'm freaking out because it's so all over.
     
  4. JJSS89

    JJSS89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like to use baby thermometers, never had bad luck with them. That way you can take your temperature under the tongue and use that to compare to the incubator. My body temp runs right at 98.4-.6 so I make sure it reads that and then I make the incubator 1 degree warmer.
     
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  5. JJSS89

    JJSS89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of course there are some baby thermometers that have been placed in areas other than the tongue...that is why I recommend buying new.
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    That's why we have bleach wipes and alcohol. For an incubator, I'd not hesitate to sanitize a used one and use it... would I stick it in my mouth? Probably not, due to the yuck factor. But, realistically, a sterilized probe should be just that: sterile.
     
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Oral thermometers are great. Note digital orals are very sensitive and require averaging the high and low temp swings of incubator. About 10 seconds after my heater kicks on is the lowest reading.

    Search "salt test" and perform it on whichever thermometer you'll be using. You'll drive yourself batty with that many devices. Calibrate one for both temp and humidity and only use that one.
     
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Egghead, I think you meant to say that the salt test is for the hygrometer.
     
  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Most inexpensive thermometers have +/- range of 2 degrees, for a 4 degree range of accuracy. Oral thermometers are more accurate, but usually have to be shaken down. I would highly recommend the Brinsea Spot Check, it has an accuracy range of +/- 0.2 degrees (10 times more accurate)
     
  10. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, I meant to suggest using an oral to calibrate temp and salt test to calibrate the humidity on same combo unit and only use that thereafter. Write on piece of masking tape the corrections to both and stick it right to the incubator.
     

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