Best Incubator For Turkey Eggs? Any Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by kuntrygirl, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Anyone use an incubator to hatch turkey eggs? If so, what is the best incubator for turkey eggs? I have never incubated ANY type of egg before but I am wanting to try to incubate turkey eggs? What do you all suggest?
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2012
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Well, how much money do you want to spend?

    I've used an R-com and they are awesome, but they're about $500.00. This incubator is all digital. You program in the temp and humidity, and it turns the eggs....It's just awesome! I had the most success with this incubator. (My friend lets me use it.)

    Then I've used the Hovabator 1588 and it was a good incubator, but of course not as good as the R-com. I believe mine cost $189.00. IT was roomy , had a nice viewing window, and I believe that price included the automatic turner. I would pick that if I had a stricter budget. This incubator has an electronic thermostat, and basically all you had to do was fill the water trays to where the instructions told you. Mine worked pretty well.

    I've also used one of those...Um......Octagon 20....Gee I'm forgetting the brand....It was black and yellow. I just hated that incubator. It wasn't roomy at all and I had terrible hatches with it. Oh! It was a Brinsea.

    Good luck with your hatching!
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I am willing to spend $400.00. Do the Hovabator's come with trays large enough for turkey and geese eggs?
  4. Frosty

    Frosty Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    If the Hovabators are the little tabletop styrofoam incubators, they make stand off rings for them to be used with larger eggs. I am surprised by the comment about the Brinsea Octagon... I was looking them up last year when I was thinking about getting a smaller incubator (I have a GQF cabinet type) and a lot of folks said they loved the Octagon. I think Em hatched Emu eggs in one...
  5. Mort Bondurant

    Mort Bondurant In the Brooder

    Jan 12, 2012
    I'm about to find out about the small styrofoam type. I've used it for chicken eggs but the turkey egg is, of course, bigger. They say you definitely can't do goose eggs in this type of incubator because the eggs get too close to the element. If my birds would just lay an egg, I could figure out if the incubator (with automatic turner) is too small. I will advise soon. Aside from the egg height issue, the number of eggs it will hold (42) is perfect for me.

  6. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Of all the bators I have used, the Dickey's is the best I have used. I have 2 GQF's also but the Dickey's is better. I got all of mine used by checking CL's everyday. The fall and winter is when you can find them the cheapest. The little table tops are OK for a few eggs but the room needs to kave pretty stable temps with no direct sunlight.
  7. Soaring Chicks

    Soaring Chicks Soaring Hawks Farm

    Jan 3, 2010

    X2 on Dickey's are the best
    I got both of my dickeys off of craigs list. you just have to click on everyone of the bator adds. most of the time they dont relize what they have so if you get told some man from anywhere makes them himself go check it out. it most likely is a dickey.
  8. zekii

    zekii Songster

    Nov 1, 2010
    New Hampsha
    I've got a Brinsea Oct20 brand spanking new, that I'll be using to hatch Midget White eggs this spring, I'll let you know how it
    works out. I have a Hovabator 1602N that I put a fan in last year which I'll be using for the last 3 - 5 days of the hatch.
  9. Tricia5099

    Tricia5099 Songster

    Mar 17, 2012
    Nothern IN
    Where would I find the standoff rings.? Also would I just need goose egg trays or will turkey eggs not fit on those?
  10. Colourful

    Colourful Chirping

    Jan 30, 2013
    Australia, NSW
    I have turkey eggs in my hova bator turning tray right now, and they fit just fine.

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