Fix hovabator or get a different (cheap) incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rcstanley, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. rcstanley

    rcstanley Songster

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    I have a hovabator 1602n with an added egg turner and fan. I had one poor hatch with it before and one really good hatch. Last time I tried to use it, the temperature spiked to 103 and I didn't get anything from that hatch.

    I'm trying to decide between getting a temperature controller (like this $30) to try to get the temperature more stable or just replacing the incubator with a low end one from amazon (like this $70). I will probably be hatching quail eggs for now, and I won't need to hatch high volume. Price-wise, the temperature controller will be cheaper, but $30 is about half way to buying one one of those cheap incubators that seem to get good reviews.

    Opinions, oh wise ones of backyard chickens?
     
  2. redranger209

    redranger209 Crowing

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    I’m no expert on incubators because I’ve only had my cheap amazon 12 egg incubator and a failed homemade one, but my magicfly incubator usually gets me bout 80 to 90 percent hatched, so I recommend it to everybody! :)
     
  3. oregonkat

    oregonkat Crowing

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    Is your 1602 new? If so, or within a year, contact the company where you got it and complain. I have found that they are pretty good about fixing newer incubators within the warranty period. Good luck!
     
  4. rcstanley

    rcstanley Songster

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    Unfortunately, it's several years old. Otherwise, that's a great idea.
     

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