Originally Posted by Minniechickmama
If that is all you have you can probably hatching and incubate in the same unit, but it is messy. I like having separate units to do mine in. I hate cleaning those dang things, but they do run well. The only problem I have had with my mechanically is the stupid fans they put in them. Mine are newer models and have two fans in the top. If yours is older, then you might have the single, larger fan?
I think it's an ancient one, 1502E is the model number. It does have only one fan and the heating elements look like metal coils that run in front of the fan. It was difficult to clean, the "works" collect feathers and dust and it was almost impossible to really clean and sterilize even when I took the back off. And, each and every metal piece (and there are lots!) has a sharp edge to it. On the plus side, it does seem to have a digital thermostat, a second emergency shut off wafer thermostat, and it was in good shape (looked after).
When I hatched eggs last year, I lined the hatching tray of my other incubator with a puppy pee training pad. It was great, soaked up the mess, kept the incubator clean, helped dry off the chicks, and gave their feet a good grip.
Originally Posted by Blueface
Sounds great! Numbers can add up quickly../ I have 2 incubators running and can hatch just over 500 eggs at a time.
That's incredible!! 500 at a time? sleepless nights I'll bet!
I didn't really want an incubator this big, but it was cheaper than a new, smaller one. Plus I'm having eggs shipped from Alberta and only expect around 25% to hatch, so I need the space or I'll only end up with a few chicks.
Edited by CanadianBuckeye - 1/8/16 at 4:26pm