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I am thinking about buying an incubator. Nothing to fancy or expensive, just something I can hatch some of our eggs with. If you have experience with using different incubators or use one that you like, let me know which one and what you like about it. Thanks!

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MissPrissy has a great page on how to make your own incubator cheaply.

My personal favorite, Hovabator Genesis 1588 for around $100 the temperature is preset and it's blonde proof.

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I vote for the Genesis 1588 too.  I just got a third one. roll


Edited by Katy - 9/13/08 at 11:30am
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If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
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I love my brower top hatch.

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We just had a 100% hatch with the homemade one linked in my sig.

My favourite Commercial incubator was my Brinsea Octagon 20.

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I like my Genesis `588 - I have had decent hatches with it.  I want to try the R-com pro 30 but have to wait a while - it is expensive!

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I have a Hovabator Genesis 1588, too.

It keeps the temperature perfectly, but I still have a hard time with maintaining the perfect humidity for the little ones.   So I have a great "grow" rate, but not with the hatch rate because of that, I believe.

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I have two LG still airs and although they take some getting used to, they work just fine.  Just hatched 27 out of 28 eggs yesterday.  Also have a new Hovabator still air I'm using for the first time.  Seems to hold the temp more consistently than the LG (which tend to fluctuate some) but time will tell.  I think it's just a matter of getting used to your equipment.  I definitely would recommend the egg turners though.

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post #9 of 50

I guess you could say I collect them. From one that hold 24 eggs to one  that hold ,3000 eggs

One Lyon Turn X

One Lyon Roll X

6 QGF sportman.

One Jamesway

One old Sear

Have had all the styofoam incubators

Would never buy a use styofoam.

New they work ok for a few years.

Lots depend on how many eggs you want to hatch. The Lyon are the best for small # of eggs. Can buy use ones on ebay for about the cost of  2 styfoams, with turners

Marsh farms was selling these in early 60s, lots of these still working.

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Originally Posted by chickens4jojo 

I have a Hovabator Genesis 1588, too.

It keeps the temperature perfectly, but I still have a hard time with maintaining the perfect humidity for the little ones.   So I have a great "grow" rate, but not with the hatch rate because of that, I believe.


Here's an idea that I found works for keeping the Genesis' humidity perfect throughout the 18 days.  When I first put the eggs in, I thread a length of aquarium tubing through the vent plug and through the turner and into that C-shaped water trough that is filled for the first 18 days.  Then every night I syringe in an ounce or two of hot water.  Adding hot water keeps the temp from dropping;  using the tube means I don't have to open the 'bator at all for the 18 days, and that seems to replace just the right amount of water to keep the humidity steady.  Remember that the humidity is determined by the amount of surface of water that is exposed inside the bator, so how deep the water in the trough is is irrelevant.

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