Originally Posted by Kidhenduckohmy
So happy you have all three incubators I have been looking at! I am so frustrated with which one to buy. I do think I ruled out the brinsea as it is too small. Then the genisis; I have read reviews were it has temp. spikes, have you had this problem? And I am wondering, after you hit 18th day, do you take them out of the egg turner for lockdown? The price is good though. Do you find yours holding up? And then the sportsman 1502. I like everything I hear, except I feel it is a bit overkill for me. 270 eggs is a lot! But then again I like the idea of starting eggs at different times and the hatching tray. But then the 1000 price tag with egg trays and humidity bucket. But I only want to buy one incubator, and I want to do it right the first time. If you could go back, and order just one, which one would you get?
If you are serious about hatch often, you will absolutely need a separate hatcher, so don't expect to buy 1 incubator and be done.
The Genesis has been rock-solid on temp control and since I dry hatch, humidity control is not a big deal. It also works great as a hatcher, with the caveat that it is hard to get styrofoam really clean. I do remove the turning tray and put the eggs into plastic baskets lined with rubber shelf liner on day 18 to help contain the mess. I favor the Brinsea Eco 20 for a small hatcher because it cleans much more easily. You would not need the autoturn cradle for hatching, so that saves some money.
If I were starting and on a budget, I would buy to hatch about 20 chicks per week:
1 - GQF Genesis with autoturner (new, from Cutler Supply)
1 - Brinsea Eco 20 (used from Amazon, if possible)
(expect each incubator to cost about $175, so around $350 total)
Incubate in the Genesis for 2 weeks, then move the eggs to the Brinsea for hatching and put 20 more eggs into the Genesis. The timing with the hatches might make this tricky if you want to always set new eggs on the same day of the week, but if you are flexible about that, then this would work.
I just ordered a Dickey to use a hatcher until I have time to build a proper hatcher, then it will be another incubator. It is considerably cheaper than a GQF and I suspect is better made. I will be able to give a better review in a few weeks.
If you get a cabinet incubator, don't bother with the humidity bucket unless you are in a super arid area. I never use mine. There are better/cheaper places to get egg trays too.