Best small incubator?

Peristeria

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I have the little giant and have found you really have to watch the temp and use your own thermometer. You can't trust the one on it. My mother has the Janoel and has had several good hatches with it for chickens. If you're only looking at doing 12 to 15 quail eggs I'd say go with that. Takes up way less space and its very easy to use. Basically set it up and plug it in. I've used it twice for small hatches and I like that it's easier to watch the eggs hatch than the little giant because it doesn't fog over because of the side view.
I have little giant too. DIY egg turner though because there is no way I will pay so much extra for that. I also threw in a cooling fan for a computer. Low power, works well. There is an app I use called hatchabatch and it tells you what is happening and when to candle and such. I have had great hatches when my eggs are fertile. Good luck finding your perfect incubator!!!
 
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So, I’m looking at the nurture right for $139 and the Brinsea Mini 2 Ex For $379.

For those who have used both for quail, what would you say the difference in hatch rate is?

I’ve been using a cheap $70 for 2 hatches, and only got like a 25% hatch rate. But I struggle with humidity here in Hawaii. I’m trying a hatch with a dehumidifier nearby right now. Even with towels to enclose the area, my humidity is 39% on one side of the incubator and close to 60% on the other. >.<

Is the difference between the 2 machines like 90% hatch versus 50%? Or 80% versus 60%?
 
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Also, I’ve notiuced the Brinsea Ex is especially expensive because of the humidity control feature. But I wonder how effective that would be in Hawaii???

I did order another dehumidifier, so I can blow both of them at my incubator(s).

then there are people who say the brinsea Ex vibrates, whigh is bad for the eggs. Hm...
 

FloorCandy

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Also, I’ve notiuced the Brinsea Ex is especially expensive because of the humidity control feature. But I wonder how effective that would be in Hawaii???

I did order another dehumidifier, so I can blow both of them at my incubator(s).

then there are people who say the brinsea Ex vibrates, whigh is bad for the eggs. Hm...
My area is humid and the brinsea ovation ex drips very little water in. In fact it was so humid it didn’t need to add any for a few days, and when it tried, the hose had stuck in the crimped shut position after it let it loose, I had to uncrimp it.

I have about 75-100% hatch rates with the nr360, and only had one hatch with the brinsea. I didn’t candle the brinsea at all because 100+ eggs, no thanks, too many. I had about a 70% hatch rate, but I have no idea how many were initially infertile. Most I tossed at the end had no development, so I think it worked great.

To deal with excessive humidity, you can put little bags of rice inside. Some people will put a little rice in a cup, I put some in a little mesh bag, it was from a wedding thing, and I dumped out the old rice and removed the ribbons and stuff. It definitely helps.
 
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I ultimately decided on the nr360, as if I were to get the Brinea, I’d want the one with the humidity control, and that was almost 400. Which is just too much for an incubator that could only hold 12 eggs.

Will see how the new NR does.

In other news, I just now learned I’m not supposed to keep my incubator on the floor. WOOPS! Mine has been on the floor for about 4 days. Do you think I killed them?
 

FloorCandy

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I ultimately decided on the nr360, as if I were to get the Brinea, I’d want the one with the humidity control, and that was almost 400. Which is just too much for an incubator that could only hold 12 eggs.

Will see how the new NR does.

In other news, I just now learned I’m not supposed to keep my incubator on the floor. WOOPS! Mine has been on the floor for about 4 days. Do you think I killed them?
I think as long as it isn’t getting drafts it’ll be ok.
 

FloorCandy

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I ultimately decided on the nr360, as if I were to get the Brinea, I’d want the one with the humidity control, and that was almost 400. Which is just too much for an incubator that could only hold 12 eggs.

Will see how the new NR does.

In other news, I just now learned I’m not supposed to keep my incubator on the floor. WOOPS! Mine has been on the floor for about 4 days. Do you think I killed them?
If you have high humidity with the nr360, you can put water in a small cup or jar and balance it on the center of the turner instead of filling the channels below. The smaller the exposed surface area, the less added humidity, you can cover/uncover more or less of the top of the cup to more finely tune the humidity.
 

Peristeria

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I ultimately decided on the nr360, as if I were to get the Brinea, I’d want the one with the humidity control, and that was almost 400. Which is just too much for an incubator that could only hold 12 eggs.

Will see how the new NR does.

In other news, I just now learned I’m not supposed to keep my incubator on the floor. WOOPS! Mine has been on the floor for about 4 days. Do you think I killed them?
I have hatched all of mine on the floor with no problems, I think they will be ok! Just curious, why shouldn't we incubate on the floor? I might have to stop, haha!
 
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I have hatched all of mine on the floor with no problems, I think they will be ok! Just curious, why shouldn't we incubate on the floor? I might have to stop, haha!
Supposedly the co2 is higher on the floor and there isn’t frest air.

I assume that depends on where you live.
 

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