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best inexpensive incuabator vs homemade incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken fever, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. chicken fever

    chicken fever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am VERY new to hatching and I am looking to see what is the best most inexpensive incubator? I do like the ones with fans and auto-turners. found one with a plastic liner to make easy cleaning as well. What are ya'll experiences with what incubators work best? Pros and cons of different ones as well.

    just a hobby breeder :)
     
  2. Fly Be Free

    Fly Be Free Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the forum!!! [​IMG]

    I too am new to incubating. I got a Little Giant on e bay. It came with an egg turner, digital thermom/hyg. and a light to candle with. Oh and it has a fan. I finally got it stabilized.

    I hope you find this place as informative as I have. The folks here are VERY kind.
     
  3. chicken fever

    chicken fever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you dont mind me asking, how much did you purchase it for? I looked at that one as well
     
  4. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are iffy about making an incubator, "Don't Do It." I didn't have experience with making incubators, but I decided I wanted to make a cooler incubator, and it has taken me a year to get it where I want it. (It didn't take me a year to build it). I just mean that it's been a year since I have decided to make my last updates, and remodeling to it. I am VERY happy with it now.

    I have a page on my Cooler incubator if you would like to see it.

    In the process of learning how to build this incubator I looked EVERYWHERE for instructions, wiring diagrams and other things to make my cooler bator a successful incubator.

    If you don't have the drive to want to do this, just buy an incubator. I am saying this, because people think making the incubator will be fast, and cheap.

    I enjoy helping people specifically with homemade incubators, but some people don't like to help themselves.

    If you are all in with making a home made incubator get back with me, (a PM will do fine)

    If you are on the fence, with the homemade incubator idea, then I recommend to buy the new 2012 Circulated Air DIGITAL Genesis Hovabator, with the egg turner.

    DO NOT, I REPEAT "DO NOT BUY THE LITTLE GIANT INCUBATOR". The hovabator is a little pricey compared to the Little Giant, but SO worth it.

    I may seem to be putting the Little Giant incubator down, but I have had 3 of these incubators, Mainly because this type of incubator was the only one available to me at the time. I haven't used my little giant incubator since I built my cooler incubator, and my Fridge incubator. I have no need for it. I am going to add a wafer thermostat to my little giant incubator though. I am just waiting for the money. Hopefully I can at least loan this incubator to my friend when he has a need for it.
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012
  5. cashdl

    cashdl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 little giant incubators. I used three for incubating and 1 for hatching. Mine had the auto turner but were still air. I had excellant success with them last year. I did notice that they didn't hold temp and humidity as well once winter set in. That became a big problem for me so I bought a new Dickeys incubator and a new Dickeys Hatcher. Now I am over the moon. I am keeping My LGs as backup in case my birds go crazy with egg laying and I run out of room in the Dickeys which hold almost 300 eggs. LOL!

    Lanae
     
  6. chicken fever

    chicken fever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i ended up purchasing a FARM INNOVATORS PRO SERIES incubator. It's supposed to be really good.
    is has the following:
    THIS IS A NEW PRODUCT FROM FARM INNOVATORS & HAS ADDED FEATURES NOT INCLUDED WITH LITTLE GIANT OR HOVA-BATOR BRAND:
    ALL PRODUCTS LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED WITH THIS PRO SERIES INCUBATOR & ARE READY FOR USE!!!
    PRO SERIES INCUBATOR Farm Innovators model 4200 incubator with built in turner, fan, thermometer, hygrometer, temp dial, indicator light, twin vents, & free candler all included in one easy to use setup.
    • DURABLE PLASTIC OUTER SHELL PROTECTS INCUBATOR AND IS EASY TO CLEAN (only available with this Pro Series)
    • BUILT IN THERMOMETER AND HYGROMETER ON THE TOP FACE, RIGHT WHERE YOU WANT IT to measure internal temperature.
    • BUILT IN TEMPERATURE ADJUSTMENT DIAL ON THE FACE, ALSO RIGHT WHERE YOU WANT IT to measure internal humidity.
    • Built in red led indicator light to show when heater is operating
    • Twin built in vent plugs on the face
    • Inner core under plastic shell is made of durable styrofoam to help retain warmth and keep a constant temperature.
    • Incubators feature two 9.5 inch x 3.5 inch viewing windows - ideal for educational purposes
    • Built in Fan Kit included!!!
    • Automatic egg turner is included!!!
    • Additional probe thermometer included!!! To place directly on the eggs
    • Built in moisture rings.
    • Wire grill safely supports eggs during hatch period if not using turner.
    • Holds 42 grade A large chicken eggs on the turner and more than 4 dozen if off the turner.
    • Solid state circuitry for long lasting and reliable temperature setting
    • FREE 110 VOLT EGG CANDLER IS INCLUDED!!!
    I will keep yall updated on my hatch rate!
     
  7. georgiagail

    georgiagail Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've seen this recently advertised on ebay and have been curious about this. Please let us know your success rate, OK?

    Gail
     
  8. myhubbycallsmechickeemama

    myhubbycallsmechickeemama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking forward to hearing how this works for you. I'm looking into buying an incubator.
     
  9. chicken fever

    chicken fever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey gals,
    I recieved the incubator two days ago! It's been setting up and so far holds the temp and humidity great! I'm setting eggs in it tonight so I will keep yall posted
     
  10. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

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    I am also planning to purchase an incubator in the near future. I'm not crazy about the styrofoam types, because they are harder to clean. I like Brinsea's incubators, but they are very pricey. The new Reptipro 6000 sounds good and is at a great price, but only holds 32 eggs and I haven't seen any hatch results out yet. The R-Com's have nice features, but don't hold many eggs and are also pricey. I wish we could have a sticky post of incubators, pros, cons, hatch rates, prices, etc. Cabinet incubators are great, but I can't afford one and from what I understand, many people incubate in one, and hatch in another. This is so confusing!

    Meanwhile, a friend has loaned me her Hovabator to try out. I'm extremely thankful for her generosity and for the opportunity to hatch eggs.
     

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