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post #11 of 15
The $549 one from Amazon is the one I have and is totally set and forget. Hands off.

The other link you posted is for the Eco version. No humidity control, no digital read out, no turning cradle, no cool down option. You would need to manually turn it but you can buy the turning cradle seperate.



Most hands off is the Amazon one thumbsup.gif
post #12 of 15

Can you make it pay for itself?

 

I research everything to death.  Probably 100+ hours into looking at incubators.

 

I could not find a reasonable compromise between a $100 incubator and a $800 incubator.  The in-between Chinese knock offs were to sketchy looking with zero feedback, the alibaba stuff was junk, and well, that was about it.  

 

I looked at the $549 amazon one and said "If I'm going to spend $500+, why not spend $700 and be able to incubate 270 eggs?"

 

So, we went into it as a business, not a personal choice.  If you can sell chicks/chickens, the payback may not be that far away depending on how many eggs you can incubate.

 

So anyways, we went with a Dickey.  The temp is 100% auto, the humidity is also once you get everything dialed in with a refillable bucket for water.  I talked to Mr. Dickey multiple times and he knows his stuff and stands behind the product.  GQF incubators are more expensive and the reviews for them are mostly subpar.

 

What sold us 100% on the Dickey was staggered hatches.  We set eggs on Monday, 18 day olds go into the hatching tray on Thursday, hatch out Sunday-Tuesday.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  EVERY week.

 

We've sold enough chicks that we are just about break even, should be in the black in about a month, more than pay for itself for the remainder of the 15 years we'll use it to hatch.  :D

 

Hope that helps, good luck with whatever you choose. 

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

@azjustin Can you link to what you bought?

post #14 of 15

http://dickeyincubators.com/incubator.htm

 

http://dickeyincubators.com/products.htm

 

3 tray incubator with one hatching tray.  If I would ever expected this venture to grow this much, I would have bought the 3 tray incubator, and a separate hatcher.  Large hatches don't work out well with one tray, and it's way too much mess for the incubator.

post #15 of 15
I have a Brisnea advance and a dickey...I like both but let me say that little Brisnea kicks butt and is well worth the 359$ ....great hatches on bobwhite quail
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