I meant does the incubator smell? I would like to put it in the house in my office. I don't really have room in my garage and I feel if I put it in the garage I won't get as much enjoyment watching it. That might sound stupid to a seasoned hatcher but I think watching the eggs roll back in forth would be relaxing. I am looking at those brisea models. I think if I got the 100 model o could find others in my area that would want to hatch eggs.
I also have the small Brinsea incubators in my home office (yes plural). I have found there are some advantages to small batches including the amount of baby chicks that are in the house for a month. While the hum of the incubators are soothing, it is also practical as the climate is more controlled and it is easy to do spot checks on the system and the development.
I would say there is a smell because warm eggs are sitting around for 3 weeks with something growing inside, but it is not necessarily off-putting. It is less noticeable with good air circulation in the room more noticeable in a closet. If the smell seems offensive, there is a problem.
General note to anyone -
I would add balancing quantity and quality are a consideration, both in terms of the "product" and my resources. Early considerations are breeding vs multiplying; housing; time & resource management; pests & disease; pets vs stock; rehoming vs selling; lifecycle.
Hatching always produces roosters, and always more than I want or can keep. Now what? It takes a lot of property and good neighborhood relationships to develop rooster runs, which will be noisy, and to provide sufficient area for them to free-range unless they will live in confined spaces. Pet shelters are not a reasonable option, and roosters are difficult to rehome even if for free. Do I want to eat them? Is it okay with me if someone else eats them? Do I feel confident that they will not be used as bait or in fighting situations?
Hens age-out from a laying standpoint, then what? Am I willing to maintain them as pets or eat them for food? What if I wish I had more variety or better quality or want to focus on a certain breed? Maybe I simply want to add a few new chicks every year so my flock is refreshed (fyi - this is not "best practice" but it is common).
If I try to work with small batches I have the capacity to do those things over time instead of always trying to address a problem. But the flock continues to grow and there are always limits.
Edited by sol2go - 1/26/16 at 12:03pm