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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by The Chicken People, Nov 14, 2009.
I need to know if this is a good buy! I will be a first timer!
that was my first incubator and it is very hard to deal with. I replaced it with a genisis 1588 after 4 not so good hatches. Some people swear by this bator but my opinion the ones with set temps are much better, and will not result in as much fustration.
I just don't like mine at all, too many temp fluctuations and baby sitting it ALL of the time to keep adjusting...
Considering you can buy one brand new for about $40 plus extra for the turner, unless it's brand new, I'd say not that great a deal. Plus, really, in my opinion, no still air bator is a good deal.
I found it on craigs list and the guy lives near me..he bought it last year and used it once..maybe I shouldve asked why he was selling it? I just want one so bad!
I paid $54 for my LG still air and $64 for the turner. You could get it and a add a fan. You would still have an incubator that requires some fussing with though. But you could get it and try it out on some "cheap" eggs before investing in expensive eggs.
Good luck whatever you decide to do. Around here incubators on Craigslist, even LGs get grabbed up quick. So if you are going to do it you better do it.
I think it's a Good Deal.
The turner alone (with shipping) would cost you $60.00
Adding a fan (used computer fan) is SIMPLE and you can probably do it a little or NO COST...just a little bit of easy labor.
See the following "thread" for info on installing a computer fan in a Little Giant incubator:
You won't buy an incubator any cheaper than this. The turner and the fan are important, I believe.
If you are going to be a first timer with hatching don't go with any LG product, it will totally sour you on hatching. The satifaction ratio on these LG bators is about 999.99 who hate them, the rest just pretty much got lucky. please look into another brand for your sanity's sake, the money you think you are saving by buying this bator will be nothing compared to the headaches & $$ it will cost you. just sayin is all. The LG is made in China.
I have two LG still air units that I use for overflow for my Hovabator and staggered hatching, no turners. They do ok. The only thing I've noticed is that they are easily bumped up or down in temperature and humidity by changes in the room conditions and every time I put eggs in, the temperature spikes in a couple of hours. So, I try not to put eggs in and leave. There is probably some neat reason in physics for this. I just don't know what it is. I don't seem to have the problem with my Hovabator forced air. It also does a better job keeping temperature and holding humidity.
I am using rocks in the bottom of the LG I have set up at the moment to help keep the temps steady. I read that somewhere and wanted to try. I also have a huge sponge in now.
I have noticed that the motor from the turners makes the Hovabator a little warmer than when I take them out. I'm guessing that will probably be more dramatic in a still air, depending on where you are measuring the temperature, but I can't say for sure.
I'd offer $50 for the package.
As others have said, add a fan. The LG model is the best option if you can swing the $32 for it.
Once again I see so many people talking smack about the LG's. If you have patience and really want to learn the ins and outs of hatching the LG is a great starter incubator. If you just want something to plug in and forget then move up into a Brinsea Eco 20.