Which one? RRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickenPeep, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] Ok i am soo terribly frustrated!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Both of my themometers say something different!! I dont know which one to believe! I dont want to kill my chicks! They are both Acu-Rite themometers. One has been outside for a while, and the other one we bought yesterday because it has a hygrometer (humidity thingy). one (the old one), says lower all the time. The other one (new w/ hygrometer) says higher.
    I dont know which one to believe!! Has anyone had experience with either/or one of these? How can i know which one is right?

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    Here are pics of them, still argueing about the temp.
    In this pic, the temp is very close. But they have been as much as 5 degrees different before.



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  2. jenlynn4

    jenlynn4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they all read a little different! I had 6 different ones. The humidity was never right on any of em....your better off with a hygrometer from the pet shop in the reptile department. As far as your thermomitors go...is there a big difference? if its only 1 degree it will be ok..if its 3 or 4 then it will be much harder. You would need to get a thermomitor that you KNOW is accurate to calabrate the others.
     
  3. cajun Rabbit

    cajun Rabbit Out Of The Brooder

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    you need to calibrate them. [​IMG]
     
  4. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    How do i do that?!?!
     
  5. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Quote:Are you saying i should'nt believe my hygrometer?
     
  6. cajun Rabbit

    cajun Rabbit Out Of The Brooder

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    those are digital, so you will need to check your manual. When we do our cooking thermo we put them in cold ice water let them sit for a bit them manualy turn them.


    ►Fill an insulated cup with crushed ice and water.

    ►The cup must have enough crushed ice to provide an environment of 32°F, so you may need to pack more ice into the cup during the process.

    ► When the mixture of the water has stabilized in about four or five minutes, insert the thermometer to be calibrated to the appropriate immersion depth.

    ►Be sure to hold the stem of the instrument away from the bottom and sides of the container (preferably one inch) to avoid error.

    ► If your thermometer is not accurate within +/- 2°F of 32°F., adjust the thermometer accordingly. The ice point method permits calibration to within 0.1°F.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I use these and I have found them to be pretty accurate.
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  8. wishingbee

    wishingbee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same problem with the thermometer on the left. Mine fluctuates a lot (jumps from 97F to 99F and back again), while my built in thermometer is sitting steady. It's frustrating, and I completely feel your pain. I use the RH % as a guideline, but I'm not trusting it completely, so I've been weighing my eggs to make sure they're losing the right amount of weight before hatch day.

    Good luck! I hope you have a successful hatch!
     
  9. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It can be very annoying when thermometers read differently. I always used my mercury filled rod thermometers as they're very reliable but unfortunately no longer available. I usually calibrate my digital ones against these.

    However earlier this year I paid out and got myself a Brinsea Spot Check thermometer. A great piece of kit and you know then what your temperature is [​IMG]

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  10. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    A human oral thermometer is very accurate also. You can test your incubator therometers with it. Of course an oral thermometer has a very limited range, so you will have to do it in the incubator. Also, here is a great test for your hygrometer. http://www.burgessviolins.com/calibration.html
     

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