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Cabinet Incubators Sportsman vs Dickey's new or used ??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by okiehen, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. okiehen

    okiehen Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    I'm looking into getting a cabinet Incubator, new or used.
    I've been looking at both the Sportsman 1502 and at the Dickey's model.
    I like them both and the only thing that's keeping me from buying one now is not knowing if one is better etc.
    I've looked at them online and have seen a few used ones for sale too. My question to anyone that has one or both what you think.
    Hows your hatch rate, are they easy to clean, how much do the use in electric, will it pay for its self? I have enough hens to set lots of eggs. I would sale the chicks as st run day olds, and some would be sexed. And some I would keep and sale later as started pullets.
    My husband has asked me if it would be worth it to get one it was his idea, and I would love to have one as we all know how hatching can be. Who has the best price on them online?
    Any information that anyone can give would be great.

    Edited to add: I got a used sportsman type it works great. My first hatch paid for it.
    All I need now is a hatcher.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011
  2. KalikoFarms

    KalikoFarms Songster

    Jun 14, 2011
    I know the support on the Dickey is the best
  3. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Songster

    Feb 12, 2010
    I would say get a dickey if you get new or can find one used. That's what I was going to do untill I found my 3 GQFs used for $700. 2 bators and a hatcher. I LOVE them! My hatch rates are always in the 90% with my own eggs. If you find a used one for under $400 buy it! Or I would just get a new one. Also mine did pay for themselves and I've shut them off now for a while because I needed a break!
    2 of my GQFs
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2011
  4. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Songster

    Feb 12, 2010
    On cleaning; they're easy to clean. Mine have metal liners on the bottom that slide out so I never really get a goopy mess on the hatcher. Just in that metal sheat. I scrub the hatching trays with mild soap and hot water, spray the hatcher down. The bator only incubates so I don't have to clean it to much. They're much easier in my OP then the styrofoam bators I had before.
    Edited: because my droid can't spell [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2011

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