Best incubator? What do you use?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sticks22, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. sticks22

    sticks22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    Grove, oklahoma
    My RIR are starting to lay eggs now! So after reading a few threads, what is the best incubator to use if money werent a problem? Ive been considering the Pro-com incubator. I want to use a good one, not a cheap styrofoam one! So what do you use and is it one that you would recomend?

    I was going to buy one from the co-op but thiers are made from styrofoam as well. Any suggestions?
  2. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2008
    deming new mexico
    to be honest i hattttttttte Styrofoam bators. but i was recently gonna buy a brinsea bator but couldn't afford it at the moment so i said oh well and bought a hova bator genesis 1588. wowww is that bator great it is still styrofoam but it keeps the temp dead on it so amazing never thought id be happy with a foam bator but im gonna order another as soon as i can get ahead a lil better. hope this helps. [​IMG]
  3. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

    Apr 12, 2008
    Sacramento CA
    I have a Sportsmen cabnient stye and it works GREAT
  4. poultrylady

    poultrylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2008
    Delano, Tn.
    GQF sportsman, In my opinion the best made.
  5. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2008
    deming new mexico
    ill say this if money werent a problem which for some reason i didnt catxch before id get a sportsman the only thing about that is lottttttttsa babies hahahahaha but i do really like these genesis though they are nice
  6. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    i have 2 sportsman 1202 s and am very happy with them although they hold over 250 chicken eggs a piece
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I made one from a 48 qt plastic Igloo cooler.

    I'm on my 4th hatch this year, it has performed flawlessly.
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I only use my styrafoam incubator for hatching. I have to put a dishtowel on the top of the window to keep the heat at a consitent temp, otherwise it varies.

    I have a Brinsea Octagon 40. It works great. I got mine in May 2002 for almost $400.00. The temps stay consistent, the humidity stays where it should, its forced air, and it isnt syrafoam.

    I would def. get the Brinsea Octagon. They have a 40 and a 10. It also has a turner that you put the incubator on. It works GREAT!

    I wont use any other incubator to incubate.

    What is your price range?
  9. sticks22

    sticks22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    Grove, oklahoma
    Id say that a price that Im willing to pay for an incubator would be about $500. I want a good quality one that is made of metal or durable plastic that will last for many years.
  10. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    If you don't mind spending the money, a Brinsea or Lyon TX-7 are the best incubators for durability and reliability both in a table top unit. The TX-7 is dead on accurate and the dome if nice to watch the chickens hatch. Down side is it is hard to clean the dome out after a hatch. I have only heard good things about the Brinsea and the Octagon 40 holds more eggs. There is the R com 20 and I understand it is great, they had problems with it in the beginning and Brinsea replaced the units with the Octogon units. I belive that has been rectified by now.

    The sportsman is a cabinet type and everyone I know loves them. They hatch lots of eggs but you need the room. It is very reliable but really designed for people wanting to hatch more eggs than the table top models.

    Good luck and let us know what you decide on and how you like it.

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