Originally Posted by itsajensen
I am considering buying a incubator. I am swaying towards the 12 egg capacity incubator but has no automatic turner. Does anybody how many times you should turn the eggs a day?
Also if anyone knows of any good incubator brands let me know.
Thanks, newbie chicken rancher.
I have 2 of the Brinsea Mini Advances. I just love them. http://www.brinsea.com/c-85-mini-incubators.aspx
Set it and forget it. Has an automatic turner and digital temp and humidity control. Clear dome to watch the eggs and chicks hatch. If you take the lid off for some reason ( like to remove egg shells after hatching) , the unit returns to correct temp and humidity very, very quickly. Yes, it hatches 7 eggs. But then, 7 chicks is just the right number for the 102 qt. plastic tub brooders that many people use. It's real easy to hatch more chicks than one has room for in their brooder. It just depends on how many chicks one needs. If youw ant to hatch a 11 or so, then this method is not for you. The "Eco" model does not have an auto egg turner. The "Advance" model does.
I like the staggered hatches. I get to watch 7 chicks at a time grow at different ages. It's very educational to watch them grow side by side at different ages. Plus, when I d staggered hatches, and the chicks are read to goto the grow out pens at 4 weeks, it means I only have double number of brooders going for one week at a time before the earlier hatch goes to the grow out pens. . By te time the 2nd hatch is ready to go to the grow out pens, the 1st hatch is 7 weeks old and ready to join the flock in the coop.
Edited by 3riverschick - 11/8/15 at 10:38am