Why can't I use a medical thermometer?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by babsh, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or can I? I realize this won't fluctuate. But at least it will give a relatively accurate temperature? I'm sure they aren't going to be perfect, but certainly within a few tenths of a degree, as opposed to every other thermometer I have which varies by 1-4 degrees.

    Am I overlooking something?

    Barb
     
  2. buckeye lady

    buckeye lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a medical thermometer in my water wiggler. They are not accurate for air temp, but work great in the wiggler.
    I use a thermometer/hygrometer I bought at Walmart ($8.00) in the Bator also. (Its one that can go on the fridge as well, has a magnet on the back, and has a folding stand also)
     
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  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I use one to see how far off my other thermometers are.
     
  4. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    So you would have to shake it down and then put it in to get the temperature each time.
     
  5. buckeye lady

    buckeye lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] You're still using that old thing!!!! [​IMG] It takes nearly 7 minutes to get an accurate reading! Go to the drugstore and but the $3 digital one! Takes 30 seconds or less!
     
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    The problem is all the ones I see only stay on for so long and only read the temp once. You have to measure the temp on top of the eggs not from a vent hole and for that you would have to open the bator, set it over the eggs, push the button, and wait... You just let all your heat out and it's no longer accurate. Just for amusement I took the temp through various vent holes with the medical thermometer and got everything from 94F at the bottom to "high" at the top of my still air and like 98 from a hole I put in the side to help vent humidity on really humid days here. None of those are the temp on the eggs which is 102 according to my best thermometer. In a water wiggler it would work since that more accurately shows the internal temp of an egg and would not cool quickly when you open the bator just like the eggs don't cool immediately.
     
  7. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I took a ball of modeling clay, stuck the thermometer into it and placed it on the rack. I do not have a digital one, I have a "shake down" model. I got one from a drugstore for $6.

    I got the idea for the clay by doing a search on this site. Can't seem to find it now though.

    So if I do it the way I described, and let it rest in there for awhile......?

    Barb
     
  8. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Won't the clay dry out?
     
  9. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    I always use one to check the others, only will give you the high temp. but the high temp. is the big killer.

    They are the most accurate, the ones you need to shake down.
     
  10. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I used modeling clay. It doesn't dry out.
     

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