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Best Bator Under $100

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I have a friend who wants to try her hand at hatching.  She would like to have one as much hands off as possible... so an auto turner if possible (hand turning could be an option if need be).  Capacity does not have to be large.... 5-10 eggs at a time is just fine with her but larger capacity is also good.  Basically she wants to plug in and walk away... (Don't we all, LOL!!)

 

I have a Hova Bator 1588 with auto turner and LOVE IT!  But she does not want to spend that much (can't remember what I spent but probably around $200?).  Her budget is probably closer to $100 or less. 

 

Anyone have any suggestions?

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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 #2 of 6

Homemade or none.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #3 of 6

For that budget, home made is THE ONLY way to go.  And, it's a fun project!  If she wants to plug it in and walk away, I'd suggest that she switch to goldfish.  Even those require daily maintenance.  

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #4 of 6
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Haha!  Well I think she was exaggerating when she said plug in and walk away!  :D  But I think what she was really trying to get at was that since she will be a novice she really wanted something that was not going to take a lot of tweaking.  She is the type to worry and I know she would worry herself to death over fluctuations in temp. 

 

With that said, I don't think she will want to go the homemade route.  She wants to do this with her preschool students.  I suggested the Brinsea Mini Eco, but do not have first hand experience.  Also that one is hand turn.  Which is fine (per her) but she was worried about losing too much humidity or it recovering quickly when the lid was replaced.  Anyone with any experience with these models?  Or a similar model?  I think the Mini Eco was right at her budget for about $100 on Amazon.

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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post #5 of 6

Brinsea has an excellent reputation.  As far as hand turning, that's super easy to do, and it's not such a big deal about adhering to a specific schedule.  And, for liability sake, she would not want to take a home made bator into her pre-school!  Tell her to keep her eye on craig's list, and other such sites.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #6 of 6

Anything in the $100 or less range will require a lot of tweaking.

 

Here's a $10 controller

http://www.ebay.com/bhp/stc-1000

Cut a hole in a Styrofoam cooler, glue on 2 panes of glass and voila! homemade incubator. The two panes of glass, one on the inside and one on the outside limit condensation and heat loss.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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