Considering buying an incubator, have some questions...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TeamChaos, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Songster

    Nov 8, 2009
    I got my first chickens spring of last year, so I'm not all that experienced in the chicken world. I know I want to add more chickens to the farm this year and I'm trying to figure out if I should just mail order more chicks and hope I get the breeds I want, or if I should learn to incubate eggs and hatch my own. Is it cost effective to hatch? Maybe that's not a question I should ask [​IMG] What factors did you consider before you decided to start incubating and hatching eggs?
    Also, is buying a used incubator asking for problems? I'm sure it's like anything else and buyer beware, but are there hygiene issues to be considered?
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    Is it cost effective? I guess that depends on how you use it and how much you spend on it.

    We bought a hova bator (styrofoam) for $60 on Ebay last year, and then we hatched our own eggs and sold the first two hatches for $1.50 per chick. For us, that made it definitely cost effective. We had made a profit in two months.

    Now we're using it to populate our dual purpose meatie population, and we hope to sell more chicks in the spring.

    Other factors that make me happy i have my own incubator and know how to use it: if a friend nearby has chicken breeds that i want, i can get their eggs and incubate them and feel safer than if i were to bring home their chicks or full grown chickens.

    Besides all that, it's just really awesome to stick a bunch of regular ole eggs in a styrofoam box and produce living beings. [​IMG]
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:Ditto on the above and especially the vey last. THAT is simply awesome.
  4. MTopPA_18707

    MTopPA_18707 Songster

    Other posts on BYC absolutely raved about the Brinsea incubator.

    Here is a Link
  5. Deanner03

    Deanner03 The Cake Queen

    We have a Hovabator as caught me...we have 4...all running right NOW. I recommend them. Some of ours have fans (and if you can...get one of those if you're going the basic styrofoam route) some don't...we still do alright. Keep an eye on your local craigslist/classifieds section. You just NEVER know what you'll find.

    Cost effective? We got one of ours as a Christmas present (apparently the weirdest pic my mother has ever given), two from LovinMyPeeps secondhand, and one out of our local free classifieds paper (with turner) for DIRT CHEAP. So...figure...all these incubators/turners, and I've spent around $60.

    We have in the bators right NOW:

    Some of our own Dominique, Chantecler, and EE eggs

    White Chantecler (72)
    Welsummer (24)
    Ameracauna (12)

    all purhcased from a nearby breeder for a RIDICULOUSLY good price (off season for him, it's hard to move hatching eggs in Canada in the winter). For us, it's cost effective.
  6. Petej

    Petej Songster

    Dec 6, 2010
    PDX area
    I have an older Hova-Bator and it works awesome!

    I've done two small hatches (1 Quail and 1 Chicken) so far with good results, especially since those were my first hatches. [​IMG]

    It's a still air model (#1582), with the HUGE window in the top. My kids love watching the eggs hatch!

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