Which one should I believe??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Honey1, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. Honey1

    Honey1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two thermometers in my incubator.
    The little glass one that came with my incubator (LG still air)
    And a digital thermometer/hygrometer I got from walmart.
    My glass one is reading 98 degrees and the digital one is reading 101 degrees.
    Should I assume that the digital thermometer is more accurate?
     
  2. Leah-yes I know I'm crazy

    Leah-yes I know I'm crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you swap the locations of the thermometers to see if it has something to do with placement? Good luck.
     
  3. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Lol. I have two digitals and now three tube style thermometers. I checked them all against each other, the ones that are the same are the correct ones, and the other ones, I do a little bit of math to get the right temp. [​IMG]
     
  4. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say you sould get two digital themometers so you can get the number between the two and get the most accurite. I use an acu rite and a springfeild. I have the same bator and the mercury does not read right. It os WAY off. Goodluck.
     
  5. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    you have to calibrate one or all to see which is correct,, then adjust the readings on all of them to match the correct one..

    stick them into a glass of water with as many ice cubes as you can fit into the glass.. It should read close to 32 degrees..
     
  6. Honey1

    Honey1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I'll start by picking up a second digital thermometer tomorrow.
    Thanks for all the help and suggestions.
     
  7. twigg

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    Quote:Correct, but don't do it this way [​IMG]

    For a start, it is very difficult to get the correct ice/water mixture, and have it at 32F. A degree either way really does make a difference. Also, a thermometer calibrated at 32F is not necessarily accurate at 99.5F, there are too many variables.

    Do it this way:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=130840
     
  8. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will have to get another themometer if you do it twiggs way so you sould just buy another themometer and throw out that mercury one, they are the worst!!!!! But you should just do that. And you wont have to buy clay and stuff. Goodluck.
     
  9. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    101 + 98 / 2 = 99.5 is your temp. Thats what I do. Take the 2 temps add them up and divide.
     
  10. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

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    Quote:A pack of modelling clay and a cheap medical thermometer (which they prolly already have) isn't much to be absolutely spot on with temp.
     

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