dickey vs. sportsman opinions needed

apc

Songster
10 Years
Nov 4, 2009
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Chickland, Il
Im ready to take the plunge and get a cabinet bator, but Im stuck on these two. What are their differences, what do you like/dislike? Any insight would be great!
 

McSpin

Songster
12 Years
Jun 1, 2007
496
2
141
South Western NY
I've never used the Dickey, but I have a Sportsman 1502 and it's great. When I set it up and plugged it in, I checked the control to a calibrated thermometer and hygrometer and they were spot on out of the box. The only thing I don't like about the Sportsman is that it's not insulated. Uses more energy than it could if a few more bucks were put into it's cabinet. A homemade incubator made from an old refrigerator would actually work more efficiently if you took the extra time to make it.
 

chickenzoo

Emu Hugger
12 Years
Mar 10, 2008
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212
341
a bumpy dirt road in Florida
I have a Dicky incubator, and I love it. I have a GQF too, an older one 1502 and it's good too. I know in the Dicky I have hatched Seramas,all types of chickens, pheasant, quail, peafowl, ducks, geese, turkey.... all with very good hatch rate. I'm new to using the GQF but it's doing well too. I like that the door hinges on the door are in the front rather then on the side, makes it a little easier to open for us lazy people, hehe and I don't have to use sponges in the water holder. Other than that I think they are about the same in build etc....
 

JordanFamily

Songster
Feb 4, 2008
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43
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Archie, MO
I saw a thread on here a while back about some people having issues with mold growing in their Dicky??? Maybe someone can chime in with details...
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Splash Giants

Songster
10 Years
Oct 28, 2009
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13
109
Thats a tough pick. I have both and neither one ever lets me down. My heating element did break last year in my GQF but it runs pretty much none stop all year every year.
 

aprophet

Songster
10 Years
Jan 12, 2010
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239
chesapeake Va.
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I was asking because I am building a cabinet I was going to try uninsulated first I am using 3/4 plywood . I am building so insulating would be fairly easy if it does,nt meet my expectations . thanks
 

hippichick

Songster
11 Years
Apr 13, 2008
1,672
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Branch, La
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I've had my Dickey for a little over a year now, and have not had that problem. I hadn't heard of it until now. I've got the bator and hatcher, and am very happy with both. Dickey builds a great incubator-very well made, and the customer service is great. I would highly recommend it.
 

panner123

Songster
13 Years
Jan 15, 2007
1,884
20
194
Garden Valley, ca
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I know a few people with both and they like them equally. The mold problem has came up with the Dicky, but this was causes by not cleaning the unit properly. Not fault of the equipment. We used to have mold problems with our walk in bators and hatchers, we could never seem to clean out all the corners and get them dry. Then we started using a pressure washer and forced air propane heaters. No more mold.
 

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