The Farm Innovators Pro Series Circulated Air Incubator with Auto Egg Turner easily accomodates up to 41 eggs. The included fan kit pulls in fresh air to stabilize the temperature and improve hatching. The automatic egg turner turns the eggs completely every four hours to eliminate manual handling and improve hatch rate. A built-in hygrometer measures both internal temperature and relative humidity. Solid state circuitry provides long lasting and reliable temperature setting. A red indicator light shows when the heater is operating. Two large 9-1/2-Inch by 3-1/2-Inch viewing windows allow for observation of eggs. An additional thermometer is included. The durable plastic outer shell protects the incubator and is easy to clean. This is a great incubator for hobbyists and for educational purposes. Made with recycled and insulating polystyrene foam. 120 volts; 40 watts; 0.33 amps.
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Farm Innovators Model 4200 Pro Series Circulated Air Incubator with Automatic Egg Turner
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"A Few Problems To Be Aware Of"
Pros - Steady temp, easy to open without killing the humidity
Cons - Have to get creative to achieve proper humidity, useless gauges, exposed heating element
I had an emergency -- mom abandoned eggs right before the hatch -- and had to rush out and grab the only incubator available in mid-October. I have not used the egg turner.
Overall I'm pretty pleased with this 'bator. I had to open it several times during lockdown to add water in bowls and paper towels, since the water trays in the bottom couldn't get the humidity high enough for hatch time. This was my first hatch, and everyone says not to open the incubator during lockdown for fear of losing humidity, but I found that by lifting the corner or edge and just making quick adjustments I didn't upset things too much. Heat and humidity came back up within a minute or two, and once they were up they stayed steady. I had to make minor adjustments a few times, but I assume that is the case with any incubator.
The gauges are worthless, as people have noted, but you can get your own cheaply and use those. I was mostly interested in having an incubator that holds humidity and temp, and this one does quite nicely once you've got everything set up. Others have noted that the temperature knob is very sensitive, but once you get it adjusted you pretty much don't have to touch it after that.
Given that I bought a relatively cheap incubator on the fly, I'm happy with this one. However, I caution anyone hatching babies bigger than chicks: the heating element is exposed, and a tall baby like a duckling can stand up and bump into it. Two of my little ones burned their faces on the heating element. Now after they hatch, I give them a couple of hours to nap, dry, and get their bearings, and as soon as they start trying to run around I whisk them out into the brooder.
I will be using this incubator again, and giving the egg turner a try. It has a few issues, but if you're reasonably attentive I think you can troubleshoot without too many problems. If I was going to hatch large volumes of chicks I would invest in a model without these issues.
"Got 100% hatch with first use"
Pros - Works well for an inexpensive styrofoam incubator, comes with forced air fan and auto egg turner, held temperature steady
Cons - Not plug in and good to go immediately
I was gifted with an OEGB egg from a gorgeous splash pair on display at a fair last fall. None of my Silkies were broody at the time, so I picked up this incubator from the neighborhood TSC. If I could get this egg to hatch, I didn't want the chick to be lonely, so I put 3 Silkie eggs in the bator too. I researched hatching tips and decided to do a dry hatch and fill the outer troughs with snack baggies filled with water. I ignored the built in gauges and used a digital thermometer/hygrometer with remote.
I had to fool with adjusting the temperature knob for most of the day, but once I got it just right, it held steady for the duration. I opened it only twice for candling at 10 days and removing the turner at lockdown. The temperature quickly rebounded each time after closing. I had no problems with keeping humidity in range either. Well, to my surprise, all four of my chicks hatched out and were very healthy. Pretty good for a first timer using a cheapie bator, I think.
"You will definitely need to be a Pro to get a..."
Pros - The turner works great and the varied sizes of water reservoirs are a good idea.
Cons - Gauges are WAY off! Temperature is almost impossible to set & very uneven because fan is too weak. Buy new gauges, or better - a different incubator.
I bought this incubator because the thermostat went out on my GQF cabinet incubator. I had half-incubated turkey eggs and I needed something immediately. This was all that I could find locally.
I thought it might be comparable to my old Hovabator, or maybe that it might be even better since it has an electronic thermostat, but it's complete junk.
I WISH it had the old-style wafer thermostat because, despite their flaws, they could at least be adjusted.
The thermostat knob on this one is hard to turn, and the slightest hair of movement, or even a bit of pressure that causes NO visible turn will cause the temperature to change by as much as two degrees. Even after it's set it will change if I open the lid or even move it. I don't mean the normal fluctuation - I mean that it re-sets itself at a completely different level.
I think I'll be able to use it as a backup hatcher if I watch it like a hawk, but that's about all. Too bad, because the egg turner seems to be its best feature.