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A bit of an update on my neighbor's eggs.  First of all, the turner was working for a bit but it wasn't reliable.  It would poop out and stop turning every now and then.  The motor would just stop working and a few taps on the motor housing would get it going again.  I became frustrated and emailed the manufacturer, who promptly sent out a replacement motor.  Their customer service can't be beat.  There were 11/15 eggs that made it to lockdown.  The eggs were due to hatch today, but decided they didn't want to wait and hatched a day early (late last night).  My temp is spot on 99.5-100 degrees. Out of 11, 7 have hatched and are in my brooder waiting to go home with my neighbor.  There are 4 more eggs in the incubator I will give until tonight or tomorrow morning before candling them to see if they have died.  So far it has been a happier ending than I was expecting.  I just wanted to update so anyone that has a similar experience can be reassured that all is not lost if there is a turner failure during incubation.  Even during the first week, when turning is of it's utmost crucial time it is still possible to have a good outcome.  

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A bit of an update on my neighbor's eggs.  First of all, the turner was working for a bit but it wasn't reliable.  It would poop out and stop turning every now and then.  The motor would just stop working and a few taps on the motor housing would get it going again.  I became frustrated and emailed the manufacturer, who promptly sent out a replacement motor.  Their customer service can't be beat.  There were 11/15 eggs that made it to lockdown.  The eggs were due to hatch today, but decided they didn't want to wait and hatched a day early (late last night).  My temp is spot on 99.5-100 degrees. Out of 11, 7 have hatched and are in my brooder waiting to go home with my neighbor.  There are 4 more eggs in the incubator I will give until tonight or tomorrow morning before candling them to see if they have died.  So far it has been a happier ending than I was expecting.  I just wanted to update so anyone that has a similar experience can be reassured that all is not lost if there is a turner failure during incubation.  Even during the first week, when turning is of it's utmost crucial time it is still possible to have a good outcome.  

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I'm not that handy I'm afraid!  lol.  And I really don't have the time to build one right now.  It might be a project I would look into later.  I have really been drooling over the large cabinet style Brinsea incubator, but for over a thousand dollars.. I don't think so!  Even if cost wasn't an issue I don't see myself spending that kind of cash on an incubator unless our farm goes more large scale and we plan on selling chicks for profit.  Right now I am rather fond of my Genesis.  It is small and reliable.  It maintains temp and humidity like a champ, and now that I have took the turner apart and got it working it seems reliable.  I don't plan on hatching more than 42 at a time right now anyway while I'm in school.  


While the Genesis is no Sportsman (I have both), it's a very capable incubator when the turner is working. I haven't had any turner issues and you probably won't from now on either.

 

I looked at various models including the Brinsea OvaEasy and decided to build my own cabinet incubator. This was for a number of reasons, not just lower costs. Personally, I found enough negative reviews of the OvaEasy to give me pause. I don't believe it is worth the premium price. If I did decide to buy a new cabinet incubator, I would get one from Dickey's Incubators. It's a little lower cost than a GQF and looks much better made. I ended up buying a lot of the parts from Dickey's, now I just need to finish building it.

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Raising lots of fun poultry: Cream Legbars, Welbars, Bielefelders, California Greys, and 6 colors / sizes of Ameraucanas

Also Turkeys, Guineas and Peafowl

 

I have eggs and chicks available for sale from some of these breeds, details at my website

How to make a hoop tractor

My Poultry Blog

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While the Genesis is no Sportsman (I have both), it's a very capable incubator when the turner is working. I haven't had any turner issues and you probably won't from now on either.

 

I looked at various models including the Brinsea OvaEasy and decided to build my own cabinet incubator. This was for a number of reasons, not just lower costs. Personally, I found enough negative reviews of the OvaEasy to give me pause. I don't believe it is worth the premium price. If I did decide to buy a new cabinet incubator, I would get one from Dickey's Incubators. It's a little lower cost than a GQF and looks much better made. I ended up buying a lot of the parts from Dickey's, now I just need to finish building it.

 

I loved my Sportsman, and never had one complaint as far as hatch rate and things like that.  However, the older 1202 one like we had was getting up in years and the bottom was starting to break down. It is bound to happen when you have an incubator made of wood, considering the humid environment inside the incubator.  We had it for 11 years and got our moneys worth out of that old girl.  We sold it while it was still functional for cheap considering the condition, and the guy has already hatched 100's of chicks in it and has made his money back 5 times over.  They are the best in my book and I will gladly buy another once I get out of nursing school.  I like the new updated version and have been lusting over them.  Can't wait to bring that baby home!  lol.  I like my Genesis and it hasn't disappointed me so far aside from the turner.  I will likely use it as a hatcher once I get a larger incubator.  

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