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Incubator suggestions????

post #1 of 6
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My kids have started their Santa Lists already, and a common item is an incubator! Wondering if anyone has suggestions on smallish size incubator? We would probably use it for both chicken and duck eggs in the future.
post #2 of 6

There are several options out there.

 

But 2 things you have to keep in mind. Do you have alot of space for alot of chickens?

 

Next is whats the plan? Just selling chics? Selling eggs? Breading etc.

 

Maybe a 10-15 is the best option. I went big with my 48. Down side is i need 48 eggs.

 

Hope i was helpfull...

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Yes, I think the 15 range is just fine for us. It will probably be just for fun, and the extra chicks will most likely end up at my family's farm. What brand is your incubator? And would you recommend the brand?
post #4 of 6
I started out with a Little Giant and had nothing but disappointment. However there are people out there who love them. I now have a Hova Bator 1588 and love it. My hatch rate has been on average 85%. I also have an auto egg turner. I think the entire set up was about $175 for both. I have hatched chicks every month since February and sold them which has more than paid for my investment. This unit holds up to 41 chicken eggs. I have also done quail and it can hold 120 quail eggs. I have incubated a full batch several times but the batch that just hatched this morning was only 18 eggs. So obviously you can do as many as your Bator will hold or as few as you want. This Bator is SO easy to use. Its digital and I think as close to plug in and walk away as you can get at the hobby level. The manufacturer has also been great with any questions and really stands behind their product. I recommend this to anyone newbie or not. In my opinion the only Bator I will use right now. Good luck!

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Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
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post #5 of 6
If your going to hatch duck eggs it would be best to get an incubator that rolls the eggs instead of tilting. The turner that you can get with the GQF 1588 tilts the eggs. You could still use the 1588 but it would be best to hand turn (by rolling) the duck eggs. That said duck eggs will hatch when using the tilting method but you will get better hatches if you can roll them. With chickens you can do either way.

For incubators that turn the eggs by rolling them look at:

Incuview
Brinsea Mini
Rcom 20 Max or Pro (not the King Suro)
Rcom 10 Pro
post #6 of 6
Did not know that about duck eggs. Good to know if I ever do ducks. Why is that?!

Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
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Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
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