Best cheaper incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SweetCountryGirl, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. SweetCountryGirl

    SweetCountryGirl In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2018
    I would like suggestions on incubators. What kind do you use? I've only ever used a styrofoam one and I think I'd like to upgrade. Is there a big difference in the hatch rate between a styrofoam vs. a more expensive plastic one?
  2. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    Jan 9, 2017
    SE Wisconsin
    I have had a styrofoam hovabator for 13 years and has never failed a hatch. I finally got a newer hovabator. The Genesis GFQ 1588. It seems to work good.
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  3. feedman77

    feedman77 Crowing

    Jun 10, 2013
    I have a 1588 genesis (styro) that I've used for a few years. It gets as good of hatch rates as my brinsea octagon or my gqf cabinets.

    Compared to hatch rates I got out of another styro LG. The genesis was leaps and bounds better.
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  4. oregonkat

    oregonkat Crowing

    Oct 5, 2012
    Southern Oregon
    Yes, I love my 1588 genesis. Holds temp and humidity really well and cannot complain about the price. Use independent calibrated thermometer and hygrometer along with those provided to keep everything as it should be. Dont rely on the temp and humidity readings with the incubator, they are usually off.
  5. PippinChicken

    PippinChicken Chirping

    Oct 28, 2017
    I have a Janoel 12 for around $60 that i used for my first attempt at incubation. Only 1 egg even started developing and it was a very early quitter. According to the more sensitive thermometer/hygrometer combo I'd put in there, it had been steadily drifting away from its set temperature over the 10 days or so that I had it running, and I kept having to adjust it so the thermometer continued to read ~99.5. I decided it was junk and bought an Rcom 10 for almost $200 :sick I'm at the end of my first run using both of them (10 in the Rcom and the remaining 3 in the Janoel). This time I ignored fluctuations in the thermometer in the Janoel, and all eggs in both incubators made it to lock down. So while I was skeptical at first, and it doesn't have as many bells and whistles as the Rcom, it seems like the Janoel can do all the basics as well as a higher end incubator.
  6. Kruchti

    Kruchti Chirping

    Mar 4, 2018
    Galena, Alaska
    Genesis GFQ 1588 worked great!
    I just got a used R-com 20 and will try that out in a week.
    Lyon HiFi cabinet - Worked great! They no longer make this style
    Redwood Old Incubator: Worked good
    Lyon Turn x - worked good
    Hand me down Styrofoam incubator - worked good even with the crack in the bottom

    I like the ones that are preset! and have a humidity reading in them.

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