Best beginner incubator for only a few eggs at a time

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cat1994, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    Hi I really like using natural incubation but I heard it was good to have a incubator set up just in case the hen stops being broody or something. So I was wondering what is the best incubator for a frist timer. I really don't know much of anything about incubators. I want one that has a automatic egg turner, that is pretty easy to use. I don't want one that can hold a lot of eggs (I need some way to control how many eggs I hatch [​IMG] or else I would lose all myself control [​IMG] ) I was thinking about one that can hold about 5 or 10 eggs at the most. It also needs to be able to incubate duck eggs. So which incubator do you think would be good for me.
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Brinsea MiniAdvance or MiniAdvance EX model. They hold 7 eggs.

    I have successfully hatched 4 out of 5 call duck eggs in mine. And lots of baby chicks.

    The EX model is pricey, but Stupid Proof (I needed that!) because it has a humidity pump in addition to the auto-turner. It also incubates eggs on their sides, which I've read is best for duck eggs.
     
  3. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    [​IMG] Oh thanks
     
  4. PeeperS2011

    PeeperS2011 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have brinsea mini adv and it is simple to use and inexpensive. I bought mine off brinsea website last month and they had them on sale
     
  5. jenfork

    jenfork Out Of The Brooder

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    I also recommend the Brinsea mini advance. I'm doing my second batch of eggs. My first time I hatched out of the 7.
     
  6. tay_boe

    tay_boe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was going yo buy the mini advance, but the brinsea Eco 20 was on sale for $99. Indie buy the auto turn cradle and that was an additional $50 I think. But I was also afraid I would become addicted and want incubate more than 7 at one time. Check the auction I think I saw one there too. Good luck!

    Jenfork congrats 100% hatch rate you must be proud!
     
  7. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    Brinsea mini advance for sure.it truly is a no brained, I got one and loved it so much..I got another one this month
     

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