Farm innovations 4250 incubator

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  1. abbevilleoz

    abbevilleoz Overrun With Chickens

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    I called the manufacturer. She said the noise I'm hearing is normal. She also said the motor will feel hot but that is normal, too.
     
  2. country lovin

    country lovin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the candled that can with it really sucks anyways. My regular led flashlights work better.
     
  3. abbevilleoz

    abbevilleoz Overrun With Chickens

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    That's what I've heard. I decided to keep it and just put my first eggs in it a couple days ago.
     
  4. abbevilleoz

    abbevilleoz Overrun With Chickens

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    My review of the Farm Innovations 4250 incubator. This is a styrofoam incubator with a plastic shell. It's is forced air with digital temperature control and digital humidity sensor. It also came with an automatic egg turner. We're in our first hatch with this incubator and have to say it has performed well. This was our maiden voyage as far as incubation and with eggs shipped in winter. We are having a successful hatch! Temperature and humidity remained constant throughout the entire period. We did use a confirmation thermometer and hygrometer. The only issue is at day eighteen when increasing the humidity. The available channels are not enough to get the humidity high enough so we simply added small sponges to achieve the desired level. The incubator then maintained those levels just as before. We're are quite pleased with the performance and value of the Farm Innovations 4250. Ours did not come with the included candeler but I've heard it is not that good. Farm and Fleet contacted Farm Innovations and they were going to mail me the candeler. $109 with free shipping at Farm and Fleet. Farm Innovations has a great customer support service. Their representative was pleasant and knowledgeable when I called on the phone.
     
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  5. country lovin

    country lovin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I fixed my temp fluctuations by putting it back my he box. Has ran wonderful ever since.
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  6. Shaneb99

    Shaneb99 Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought one of these last year and I've had a heck of a time keeping the temperature constant. I use a Brinsea Spot Check thermometer to confirm what the actual temperature is and set it at 99.5 and I added a remote reading thermometer with min/max to see the range. It runs fine for awhile but I notice that even when it shuts off the temperature will continue to drift up. Twice this spring the temperature has shot up to 104 or 105 degrees killing the eggs. I wouldn't have know if I hadn't had the min/max. It was cheap and I guess you get what you pay for. I wish I had saved my money and bought a better one.
     
  7. Shadow722

    Shadow722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had problems last year with incubation, and my first run this year wasn't real good. But my last two I've got over 70% hatch rate from the eggs that were fertile after day7. I'm much happier with those. I got 25 out of 32 fertile in my last hatch and still waiting to see on the one hatching now. I've already got 19 out of 35 fertile and most of the others are pipped.

    I have a 4250 digital and a 4200 analog.
     
  8. abbevilleoz

    abbevilleoz Overrun With Chickens

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    Great. That's encouraging !
     
  9. Shadow722

    Shadow722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Set it and forget it has been the best for it working properly. I took the plugs out and let it run dry until lockdown. Then I put a 2 wet sponges inside and still left the plugs out. Once the chicks started hatching and humidity got real high I took the sponges out. It running in the 60's% range that way. It ran around 40 to 45% running dry. I only candle on day 14 and then at lockdown.
     
  10. mapleridge

    mapleridge New Egg

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    I just plugged a brand new out of the box 4250 in and am hearing loud noises out of the egg Turner! I can't believe it's normal... Sounds like a tiny helicopter is landing in there!
     
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