Cabinet incubator Shopping - Looking for reviews

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rollinreed, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. rollinreed

    rollinreed Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all,

    We are shopping for a cabinet incubator because managing 6+ of the Farm Innovators tabletop incubators at a time is becoming quite cumbersome and we are out of capacity with 6, so before adding more Small incubators we think its time to upgrade big.

    We want a redundant setup, meaning 2 cabinets, using one as an incubator and the other as a hatcher. Having 2 also allows a backup if one fails so they both need to be the same or similar model so the treys interchange. Trey design is important too.

    Our research so far is limited to the under $1,800 price range cabinets holding no more than 550 eggs or so with fully automatic turning and humidity control.

    Here is the main ones we found:
    -GFQ Sportsman 1500 series http://www.gqfmfg.com/
    -Dickeys http://dickeyincubators.com/
    -Brinsea Ova Easy Series (around 5 models) http://www.brinsea.com/
    -Surehatch http://www.surehatch.com/
    -Rite Farms Pro Series (5 Sizes) http://ritefarm.com/index.html

    -GFQ Sportsman Seems like the front runner in all the reviews and the best value for the money. Reviews claim it to be the best in automatic humidity control. For us the Con is simply the side control and latch layout. Just cannot get over the side controls and latches.

    -Dickeys is a custom version of the Sportsman, good reviews found, wood vs. Plastic.

    -Brinsea Ova Easy Series (around 5 models) They are very proud of their incubators. UK based company, they are the right layout and design. Con for me is the pricing and negative reviews on the add on humidity system.

    -Surehatch
    A South Africa Based company. Not much found on them, would be a hard purchase if unable to find reviews on them. They look ok, likely expensive to ship one.

    -Rite Farms Pro Series
    We like the Design and functions of the Rite Farm Pro Series, specifically the layout, ease of use, and all front control. Hands down these are our favorite so far.

    The only reviews I can find are a fantastic series of reviews by the youtuber The 10 Acre Woods

    The only site I can find to sell them is the company called Coopnmore http://www.coopsnmore.com. This Minnesota company claims to be a manufacture of Rite Farm Products. I am going to send them an email and ask more questions about the cabinet incubators. Their site says they build them one at a time as the are ordered. I believe they import them from China in bulk then re-manufacture them for the NA power specifications. A bad experience with the plastic table top version are what scares me about Rite Farm Products in general.


    Please if anyone has experience with or knows of further reviews of Rite Farms Please share. Also if there are any other brands to check out that would compare to the Rite Farms Pro series it would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Very interesting post.
    I make my own incubators but I'll be following.

    I might add that the one used for hatching is only occupied for a few days so doesn't necessarily have to be the same size or even a cabinet for that matter.
     
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  3. rollinreed

    rollinreed Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply, I guess the primary reason for the 2 identical setup would be if one goes down, the other can take over. Setting one up for 50% humidity and the other at 65% humidity was the second thought. I guess both could be setup at 60% and hatch out of the bottom treys in both and accomplish the same thing. I would consider leaving a couple treys empty for the backup scenario.
     
  4. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    I can highly recommend the GQF incubators. They also have readily available replacement parts that will work in both the older and newer versions.

    The Dickeys are well thought of by the people that use them.

    I also recommend getting both a hatcher and an incubator but since you already have a good supply of small incubators, you could easily turn them into hatchers.

    If it was me, I would stay away from hard to source brands especially if replacement parts are not readily available.
     

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