Best Incubators for Buttons

Discussion in 'Quail' started by PoultryQueen29, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As many of you may know, due to my many threads about it, I am hatching button quail. I have a Little Giant Still-Air Incubator that I used to hatch bobwhites February, 2010. Is there a better incubator I should get? I got good results before. 5/6 of my bobwhites hatched but I see bad reviews about the temperature not being stable. It seems all incubators have some reviews like that.
     
  2. jbobs

    jbobs Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am not familiar with little giant but I have heard people say that they're pains in the butt. There's lots of neat little mini bators on the market now - the R-COM mini holds 3 chicken eggs but I'm not sure about the turning mechanism and if it will fit button eggs. Brinsea also put out a little dome incubator that looks cool. Basically what you want in a good incubator is forced air, easy turning that doesn't involve putting your hand in to loose heat, and an easy to control temperature. If you are only setting a few eggs at a time, you don't need a big hovabator or anything. I would look at the Brinsea website and see what they have. I have friends who have Brinseas and love them. I used to hatch by quail in a home-made unit. You can make one if you're handy or have a handy hubby/dad LOL. I buy a thermostat switch and wafer for 25 bucks from a guy on eBay called growerssolution, wire it up to a lightbulb, wire up a computer fan to an ac/dc adaptor, stick the whole unit into a beer cooler and presto. I usually cut a fist-sized hole in the side that i can plug up and stick my hands in to turn the eggs that way instead of opening the lid, because i let too much humidity out that way. I hatched hundreds of quail in units like these. it IS nice to have the fully automated system though.
     
  3. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I think i'll get the Brinsea mini [​IMG] Quick decision. It's really crazy though. With the Little Giant, automatic egg turners cost about $100 for the chicken egg turner and the quail rails. That's about the cost of an actually good incubator.
     
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    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wait...that's still manual turning...will that hurt them? I did it with the bobwhites and it's no diffferent from taking them out to candle them is it?
     
  5. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nevermind i'll get the advanced mini. That one's like set it and forget it.
     

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