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What's a good humidity meter to keep inside the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gale65, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    I was at Walmart today and they had about 3 different analog models. I was about to buy one but then I noticed every single one had a different reading on it. [​IMG] Since they were all within a foot or two of each other I'm guessing that they are all not very accurate or they would have the same reading. So I didn't buy one. I was afraid the electronic ones would not last long in there (dust and all that) so what's a good one to buy?

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They're notoriously inaccurate. IMO if you really feel you need one, you probably don't have enough ventilation. Certainly if you ever smell ammonia in your coop, you need more ventilation, as it actually reaches harmful levels before human noses can detect it, or so I have read.

    It's just a matter of opening up something at a high level in your coop that won't result in a draft blowing on the roost. There doesn't even need to be an opening for intake at a lower level. The air, humidity and ammonia will exchange at the high vent. Usually (unless your coop is quite small) this is enough to prevent draft.
  3. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    My coop is ventilated and I don't smell ammonia. I just want one.

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