Genesis Hova-Bator vs Brower Top Hatch

Frozen Feathers

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Help me decide, please! I have read a bit about both on line, but would some to hear the experiences of you hatch-aholics out there.

If you have (or have had) either or both tell me your experiences, pros and cons, etc.
Thanks in advance!
 

MissPrissy

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I don't know much about the brower. I do have 3 of the 1588's and I wouldn't trade them for anything else in this class.

The 1588 and a turner, purchased direct from GQF, is about $168 plus shipping. GQF has excellent customer service.
 

aberfitch

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hoba
-foam,
-some models have forced air,
-egg turner extra
regulates tem ok
regulates hum ok
more quiet
more space/wide load

tophatch
plastic
diswasher safe.
uses light bulb ..need to buy extra bulbes in case
turner incluced
-noisy (noise will make you go crazy)
hatch chicks directly inside, just turn off turner
smaller/compact

both are ok units and are equally but I would use hoba to incubate and tophatch to hatch seperately..
 
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Frozen Feathers

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Quote:I wanted to ask, since ducks and geese need different temps then chickens, the 1588 thermostat must be adjustable somehow. Is it easy to adjust?
 

MissPrissy

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They do not need different temps.

Ducks and Geese needed higher humidity.

Ducks, geese, Chickens, Guineas, Quail, Pheasant, Peafowl, Emu (I know I am leaving some out) - all need 99.5 in a forced air bator.

If for some reason you did need to adjust it, yes, it adjusts by half degrees.
 

Crunchie

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I don't have personal experience using either of these incubators (yet), but I just bought the Genesis and the deal breaker for me was size. I can fit a lot more eggs in the Genesis than in the Brower. Honestly, the Genesis is too small for our needs, but I just wasn't ready to buy the Sportsman just yet. I just loaded it for the first time today, so we'll see how it goes!!
 

Frozen Feathers

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Quote:That's good information to know! I always thought ducks and geese needed a higher temp, maybe for a still air? I don't know how that information got in my head.


Thanks Crunchie for your input! So far looks like three votes for the Genesis.


I like the idea of plug in and go, I can't stand this wafer thermostat. My DD can adjust it too easily and has roasted more then a few eggs, despite getting in trouble for doing so.
 

MissPrissy

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You will love the Hovabator 1588. Do get the turner. You don't have to constantly fuss with the eggs several times a day.
 

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