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Ha ha, think it's what BYC calls "chicken math"....I started rescuing a chick from a breeder that was bullied to the point it was almost bald.  From him (had to rehome) ended up with couple more rescue from the breeder which had to be rehomed (Cockerels).  So then I started raising hatch to about 8wks for the breeder, then I got a couple of my own.  Now looking for an incubator :)  Love them chickens running around in the yard, I call them "Pets with Benefits" = Lawn decorations, bug control & eggs!

 

I'm researching a "small" incubator, probably 12 - 36 capacity, any recommendations?  

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Ha ha, think it's what BYC calls "chicken math"....I started rescuing a chick from a breeder that was bullied to the point it was almost bald.  From him (had to rehome) ended up with couple more rescue from the breeder which had to be rehomed (Cockerels).  So then I started raising hatch to about 8wks for the breeder, then I got a couple of my own.  Now looking for an incubator :)  Love them chickens running around in the yard, I call them "Pets with Benefits" = Lawn decorations, bug control & eggs!

 

I'm researching a "small" incubator, probably 12 - 36 capacity, any recommendations?  

I'm certainly no expert, but have read a lots of comments here on BYC. What I've gathered is that for simple, reliable and not too expensive -- people seem mostly favorable of the Hovabators. I have the cheaper, older standard Hovabator 1602, which is fine, but without the more accurate and advanced thermostat, bells and whistles of the Genesis 1588 model.

 

I've seen the Genesis for around $135, while the good old 1602 can be had for under $50. Then, there's a model in the middle. I think you'd still have to add a turner for all of them, though. 

 

Here's a fair starting point:

http://www.strombergschickens.com/prod_detail_list/chicken-incubator

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I'm certainly no expert, but have read a lots of comments here on BYC. What I've gathered is that for simple, reliable and not too expensive -- people seem mostly favorable of the Hovabators. I have the cheaper, older standard Hovabator 1602, which is fine, but without the more accurate and advanced thermostat, bells and whistles of the Genesis 1588 model.

 

I've seen the Genesis for around $135, while the good old 1602 can be had for under $50. Then, there's a model in the middle. I think you'd still have to add a turner for all of them, though. 

 

Here's a fair starting point:

http://www.strombergschickens.com/prod_detail_list/chicken-incubator


Thank you for your help, will be looking into both.  

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