Best incubators

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tiffanyduke, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. tiffanyduke

    tiffanyduke New Egg

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    Hello, I'm in the market for a incubator that is under $200, does anyone have any recommendations?
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    The incuview uses the preset heater/fan combo developed and sold by incubator wharehouse. If you want, build a small table top cabinet and purchase just the all in one heating unit and a auto egg turner to save cash.

    http://incubatorwarehouse.com/48-watt-incukit-dc.html Must be used in right size or will burn out if trying to heat too large a space.

    http://incubatorwarehouse.com/incuview-egg-incubator.html Uses above all in one heater with auto turner and plastic case with clear lid. The turner looks inadequate.

    http://incubatorwarehouse.com/hova-bator-genesis-1588-egg-incubator.html This is tried and tested, can combo with auto turner or buy seperate. I'd not combo with their incukit turner.

    If you've a Tractor Supply near you pick up an auto egg turner there for the DIY table top or Genesis. Think they are cheaper there than purchasing online. Hova or little giant turners fit table top incubators. You can mix and match so whatever is cheapest for a turner just get that.

    Here is a thread on Incuview. I've ot read it but will give evidence of how good or not the product is:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/852619/incuview-incubator

    The more I look at that turner in the Incuview the more I'd build a table top and use the all in one with good turner. Build your own for under 120 including double plexiglass for top view and wood for box.

    If not a DIYer then I'd go with the Genesis and buy a turner at local Tractor Supply. Heck they may even have a Genesis there, compare prices.

    With any unit purchased buy a small accurite hygrometer at Walmart and calibrate it with salt test. Don't trust the gauges on the units.
     
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  3. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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    GQF Genesis -- all the way. You can't beat it for the money. Get the turner and line the bottom (under the clear liner and up the sides) with paper towels to keep the styrofoam clean longer.
    Even though I have 3 cabinet incubators, my Genesis often serves as a hatcher for the extra valuable eggs.

    Don't "cheap out" with a cheaper Hovabator, get the real Genesis, it is far better because it has a bigger heating element. The cheaper ones struggle to keep the temps stable, but the Genesis stays spot on the entire time. Cutler Supply has a great price on the Genesis and gives better customer service than you will get from Amazon or eBay.
     
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  4. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    x3 on the 1588 (Genesis). I started with a 1602N :he and returned it. I also use mine primarily as a hatcher.
     
  5. MaryZoe

    MaryZoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tiffany,

    I would say it depends partly upon how many eggs you want to incubate. I use a Brinsea Mini Advance and I've had great hatch rates. The only downsize is that I only hatch 7 chicks at a time. But if you don't want to hatch in bulk, the Brinsea Mini-Advance (under $200 on Amazon) is great!

    Happy Hatching,
    MaryZoe
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    I love my Incuview. Best all-around value. All the bells and whistles of the more expensive brands, at a fraction of the cost. Ridiculously durable. Mine fell off the counter onto a tile floor and still works great. Replacement parts, should something break, are easy to install. And it's a breeze to clean.
    I've been using it for over a year and a half now, and it's still just as stable and reliable as the day I first plugged it in. My latest hatch rate is a 95%.
     

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