Why Use a Water Wiggler?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicksgalore, May 7, 2009.

  1. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep hearing (or seeing actually) people talking about using water wigglers--one person said they put the sensor from their hygrometer in water and I'm just wondering what the advantage is to this? I mean, a hygrometer measures humidity right so why put it in water?
     
  2. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're supposed to put the thermometer in water, ideally soap, to immitate the internal conditions of the eggs.

    ETA: in a perfect world, blow and egg out, fill it with soap, and put a thermometer in that.
     
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  3. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so the sensor that's on the end of the wire--I have it lying about level with the top of the eggs and it's measuring temp. If I put it in a container of water (what an inch?) it will still measure temp--is that where I have to use one of those conversion tables?

    Is it worth it to do this; I mean does it really make that much difference?
     
  4. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never bothered to do it. The only benefit is that it will give you the exact internal temp of the egg, but it's not that much different from the external temp of the egg.
     
  5. mommahento5

    mommahento5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have also been wondering this!

    Do you want your internal temp to be at 99.5 then?
     
  6. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, it'll tell you the temp and then you convert it to get the humidity?
     
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    It simulates the core temp of the eggs, which is more important than any temp fluctuation in the air inside the bator.
     
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