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Does anyone know what the best Incubator is for under $200? Any suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!

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 Hello BYC community:frow! Since Christmas is coming around the corner fairly quick here I have been thinking about getting a new incubator. My last incubator I had was amazing (Hovabator 1602N), but it sadly met its sad demise after my cats discovered styrofoam is fun to rip apart. For my new incubator, I am hoping to find an incubator cat resistant and easy to clean and maintain (so probably plastic).  Going over the $200 slightly isn't much of an issue, but I don't really feel like sleeping with the chickens this winter so it would be helpful to stay near the budget. It would also be helpful to have it have mostly automatic, but if I have to turn eggs by hand or turn a heat knob once in a while, that is fine. Thanks for any responses and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!!


Edited by EggPlanter - 12/17/16 at 8:11am
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Thread Starter 

So far, I am thinking between a brinsea mini eco incubator, an unknown cheap Chinese brand that has an automatic tuner, can hold 24 eggs and comes with free candler or the repti pro 6000. Any more suggestions or opinions on one would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


Edited by EggPlanter - 12/15/16 at 2:59pm
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Hi there.
Definatly go with the brinsea.
I have a brinsea 24 egg and I have never had a problem with it.
Before that I had the brinsea mini Eco and I had no problems with that either.
In my opinion brinsea is the way to go.
I saw a program before and it was talking about cheaper unknown incubators from China
And they were going on fire.
Go for the brinsea you won't regret it!
I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
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I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
Reply
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

Okay! I also thought the brinsea sounded like a more reliable choice since it seems like a good incubator brand and will probably last longer than the Chinese incubator. I appreciate your reply and also think that you have a cool looking chicken as your profile pic.

post #5 of 10
Yes brinsea are a very reliable incubator.
Mine is 5 years doing around 7-8 hatches a year and still perfect
Thank you he is a gold partridge pekin bantam
I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
Reply
I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
Reply
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

After just missing the brinsea octagon 20 eco with auto turn deal on the site, I am wondering if there is a better option for a more automatic incubator in the under $200 price range. For less than the brinsea octagon 20 eco I can get a brand new incuview, repti pro 6000 with turners or blu rite farms 3600 incubator. Any opinions or replies are appreciated Thanks!

post #7 of 10
Found this for sale on here!
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1145461/brinsea-eco-20-with-auto-turner
It was just put up a few hours ago
Only $150 for brinsea octagon auto turner.
Goodluck
Fionn.
Edited by ChickenGrass - 12/17/16 at 8:32am
I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
Reply
I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
Reply
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks you for your great help. Hope you have a very merry christmas next week!

post #9 of 10
Thank you.
The same to you,
I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Goodluck
Fionn.
I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
Reply
I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
Reply
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 Hello BYC community:frow! Since Christmas is coming around the corner fairly quick here I have been thinking about getting a new incubator. My last incubator I had was amazing (Hovabator 1602N), but it sadly met its sad demise after my cats discovered styrofoam is fun to rip apart. For my new incubator, I am hoping to find an incubator cat resistant and easy to clean and maintain (so probably plastic).  Going over the $200 slightly isn't much of an issue, but I don't really feel like sleeping with the chickens this winter so it would be helpful to stay near the budget. It would also be helpful to have it have mostly automatic, but if I have to turn eggs by hand or turn a heat knob once in a while, that is fine. Thanks for any responses and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!!

If you're an adventurous spirit, make your own bator, and save that money for other chicken pleasures: like making a new tractor, getting set up with a nice large MHP brooder, or what ever else feeds your hobbies.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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