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best incubator for the money?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dirty_South_Chickens, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Dirty_South_Chickens

    Dirty_South_Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be a first time incubator and have kicked around building a DIY bator but would like to weigh my options on just spending alittle lettuce buying a good one. Any ideas...Thanks
     
  2. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    i'd buy a broody hen! if you can find one being sold right now! the only issue is you have to find a good one that will time her broodiness to the time you want to hatch!
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Well, I'm a newbie to incubating and hatching, having completed two hatches thus far and have another 7 eggs are in the incubator now.

    ANY Brinsea product, but if you only want to do small hatches, the Brinsea Mini Advance is WONDERFUL. I bought two more of them after I had a successful first hatch in the first. Go to www.Brinsea.com and buy it there, using the "web sales" link. Currently $119.99.

    Many other folks hatch more eggs at a time and are happy with the Brinsea Octagon 20 versions. (I'm considering getting one to add to my collection so I can hatch smaller batches AND a larger number of eggs with different dates....)

    FOOL-PROOF. Easy, digital controls. Pretty much plug and play operation!
     
  4. 9 Feathers Farm

    9 Feathers Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Brinsea Octo 20 ECO and it works great. I got the auto turner as well and altoget in cost about $150 plus S&H. There customer service is great as well. If you are thinking about doing the DIY incubator search some of the post on here. I know some people have had wonderful results, and it is probly much cheaper. Good luck.
     
  5. Dirty_South_Chickens

    Dirty_South_Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah but I have a problem with not getting crazy with DIY's and spend just as much if not more ha!
     
  6. katheria

    katheria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    glad to see another texan [​IMG]

    it really depends on how many eggs you want to hatch at a time....

    there are good small bators and then the huge 700 egg bators...

    i dont like Styrofoam....for i stayed away from the hovabators/ little giants...

    wanted something that would last and parts were easy to get...

    didnt want to pay a arm and leg either.....

    wanted something that i didnt have to open the bator to add water too....

    shopped for 6 months...and finally bought a used Lyon/Marsh Turn X off of Ebay.... for $80

    ive had 90-100% hatch rates from it....

    temps are very stable
    holds humidity like a dream...and no opening it to add water as it has a water bottle
    also has a automatic turner.....

    holds between 18 to 70 eggs depending on the size....
     

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