Getting an incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bantamlover23, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Bantamlover23

    Bantamlover23 Songster

    Aug 6, 2008
    Chuluota, FL
    What do you recommend. I have never tried this before. I also do not have a big budget. So my my question what is a good beginner incubator that is not to expensive.
  2. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Songster

    Jul 1, 2009

    Could we have some more info?

    Like, what kinds of eggs will you be incubating, what number of eggs, and the amount of control you want over the whole process?
  3. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Songster

    Apr 17, 2009
    Kildare, Wisconsin
    How small is your budget?

    My vote for a first-timer is the Brinsea Octagon 20 ECO - but that will run you about $120 (with tax and shipping). It fits any size egg from quail to goose (it holds about 20 hen or duck eggs), and is a good-quality, reliable machine. If you don't buy the auto-turner, you can just turn the entire octagon-shaped machine 3 or 5 times a day, without having to open it and mess up the humidity. My ECO holds the temperature I set it at rock-solid for the entire incubation period. For a beginner, this incubator is going to help you have the best possible hatch.

    Depending on your budget, it may be a little expensive, but it's worth every penny.
  4. Bantamlover23

    Bantamlover23 Songster

    Aug 6, 2008
    Chuluota, FL
    I will be mainly hatching out bantam cochins or other smaller poultry. For a good bator I would probably go up $150.
  5. Kennyog

    Kennyog Songster

    May 7, 2009
    Oak Grove
    Check out Ebay.They should have lots of them.Some new,some used.You can get one worth the money.Take your time and look for the best price,and watch the shipping prices.Good luck.

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