Originally Posted by AnthNDacula
Does anybody have a favorite incubator? I don't want to jump into an $800 machine, but I want something dependable that holds a stable temperature. All the reviews I've read about Hovabators and similar, styrofoam models seem to work great for some people and fluctuate wildly for others. I'd like to buy something under $130 and preferably a lot under that. Ideas?
I was not impressed with the Hovabator Genesis pretty much from day one, it was my second incubator. After only a couple of years of use, it crapped out. And I don't hatch hundreds of eggs a year either. It fluctuated temps quite a bit when it was new and it just kept getting worse.
You really get what you pay for though. My favorite is Brinsea. I only have the little one because it is so pricey but unless the egg isn't fertile, the hatches have been good in it. I got it with the automatic humidity pump system and it is basically set it and forget it till you need to shut the turner off. Last year I bought an Incuview with the aerosol humidity pump kit. It did well, has more ability to tweak the settings and held better temperature than the Hovabator.
I don't like cabinet incubators because of the potential to lose a lot of eggs if something goes wrong.