going to order an incubator...need question answered

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickensassy, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. chickensassy

    chickensassy Out Of The Brooder

    56
    0
    39
    Jul 25, 2011
    Texas
    I intend to prder a Octagon 20 eco w/turner. I am small time but want a good incubator without spending oodles. Is this a good choice? what about the humidity thang? Im in east Texas btw.
     
  2. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

    947
    2
    111
    Jun 27, 2011
    Bronson, Tx
    Hey! I'm in East Texas too! Nice to see another person from my side of texas. lol. Where abouts are you?

    I'm lookin into getting an incubator too and need questions answered so I'm not much help to you. lol
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    19,965
    3,129
    476
    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    You get what you pay for. There are several different incubators but the three most popular seem to be the Little Giant, The Hovabotor, and the Brinsea.

    The Little Giants are pretty inexpensive and a lot of chicks get hatched with them. But you also hear a lot of complaints.

    The Hovabator is noticably more expensive. They work pretty well but to me the biggest drawbacks are that the styrofoam is harder to clean if you get it dirty and it does take a bit more work to add water and such. It's the one I have. It works OK but I only hatch a couple of times a year. I could not justify the added expense of the Brinsea with my few hatches. That plastic tray that goes in the bottom does really help keep the mess down during hatch, but the potential for a difficult cleaning is there if I ever have an egg explode.

    The Brinsea, which includes the Eco, is the most expensive of the three. It is easier to clean and the water is easier to manage. It has more electronic gadgets to make it easier to use so I'm not convinced it will last all that much longer than the Hovabator, but it is easier to use. If I were hatching just a couple more times a year, I'd probably get this one.

    I don't know what you mean about he humidity thang. That could have a few different meanings.

    I think it is a good choice. With any of them, I do recommend a turner. That alone makes it so much easier. Good luck!
     
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2011
  4. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

    1,110
    20
    151
    Apr 11, 2011
    I think Brinsea will be having a 20% off sale next month, but don't quote me on that. Join them on FB and you get a coupon code for 10% off. It will help you save a little money. This is the one I wanted to get in the future as well. I have their EcoGlow chick brooders (both sizes) and I love them!!!!
     
  5. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    5,312
    211
    311
    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    I have the Brinsea Advance model and I love it. I work full time so I really enjoy the set it and forget it of this incubator. I have heard really good reviews on the Eco model as well (they are basically the same model, just more techie gadgets on the advance) Brinsea is having a 20% off sale next month, so if you can wait a few extra days, it would be worth it.
     
  6. Lark Rise

    Lark Rise Chillin' With My Peeps

    972
    22
    138
    Jan 22, 2011
    East Central Georgia
    Love my Brinsea ECO 20! I don't have the turner because it's so easy to tilt the incubator several times a day. Once you set the thermometer, you never have to worry about it again. Temps holds steady. I just add water every few days and here in GA, it runs at 45-50% humidity. I only use it as an incubator though as I have a separate hatcher which my DH built. Can't beat the price of the ECO 20 with the FB coupon.
     
  7. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    Get the brinsea, there's a reason you almost never see them for sale used. About the only time someone sells thiers is when they move up to a cabinet model.
     
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2011
  8. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    I love my Brinsea!
     
  9. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

    Quote:When you match model to model the LG an Hovabator are almost identically priced. (still air are both about $45, with fan is about $$85) But LG does not sell a comparable model to the top of the line model that Hovabator sells
     
  10. chickensassy

    chickensassy Out Of The Brooder

    56
    0
    39
    Jul 25, 2011
    Texas
    Brinsea is the one im looking at...do I need a humidity kind?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by