Are Styrofoam Incubators Any Good?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by VolailleAmant, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the chance to buy a Styrofoam incubator. Are they any good? Opinions? Personal experiences?
    Thank you!
     
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  2. SiearraD

    SiearraD New Egg

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    Hi!
    I have had a styrofoam incubator for about a month now and i am working on my second set of eggs and it has been amazing for me. mine has an automatic egg turner and reader inside for humidity and temperature. i have had lots of success from my styrofoam incubator! i would recommend it to anyone!
     
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  3. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi. [​IMG]

    I have successfully hatched in my styrofaom incubator. I did have to cover the top with blankets to get my temp up high enough as it is only 58 in my house. But I didn't cover the vent holes and it worked like a charm.

    I did all my own turning in the still air at 102* and hatched 11 out of 17 on my first try. I was quite pleased. And the incubator was affordable. As well as being a simple design that should be working for a good time to come. I would get one again as a starter. Don't know if I will advance in the future unless I have a breakdown or become a very serious about breeding large amounts of birds. But I don't plan to.

    Good luck! [​IMG]
     
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  4. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the capacity? What is the brand of yours? Thank you!
     
  5. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The incubator I am buying is used with a turner for $15, is that an okay deal?
     
  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    It is if it works. [​IMG]

    I bought mine brand new with no turner for close to $70... 15 is a much better deal!
     
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  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Depends on the brand. The digital Little Giants are terribly unreliable for temp and humidity displays and prone to heat spikes. The farm innovators have better reputations, more 50-50. The Hovabators are great. I have the 1583 now and love it. I used an old lg 9200 for 2 1/2 years had great hatches, but it was a lot more work to get those good hatches.
     
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  8. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Mine is a hovabator 1602N.
     
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  9. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard good things about Hovabators......I am just looking for a starter one :)
     
  10. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    That's what I got for my starter one.... [​IMG]

    Guess I never considered getting used, but my location probably isn't conducive (small town), so on Amazon it got pretty good reviews compared to others for what seemed like was most affordable.

    Plus... well.. it was chicken math! [​IMG] I saw some hatching eggs and thought I wanna try. So I ordered. [​IMG] But anxiety kept me back for fear I would set it up wrong for several months. [​IMG] And finally I participated in a thread where someone was trying to hatch anything and everything without regard to age, breed, any thing. Then I wondered why am I holding caution up against the wall... while others are tossing it to the wind?! And tried my first hatch... [​IMG]

    Yay... 7 out of 9 were cockerels!!! And 1 of the only 2 females was taken by a predator. [​IMG] Do you have plans for all them boys? [​IMG]
     
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