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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BlueCamas, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm on the hunt for a new incubator and I came across one of these. Anyone have this model? What do you think of it?

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    A Farm Innovators Model 4200 Pro Series Circulated Air Incubator
     
  2. cchardwick

    cchardwick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many eggs do you plan to hatch?

    I saw reviews for that one on Amazon that says it won't hold a steady temp. If I were you I'd buy the most expensive one you can afford. High end incubators are always in high demand and the resell value is really high. I bought an R-Com 20 Pro, it cost about $700 but is totally automatic with rock solid temps and humidity:

    http://www.lyonelectric.com/html/incubation_html/rcom_pro.html

    For a few hundred less you can get the one without all the fancy programming so you'd have to change the settings on the last three days of incubation, but it would still hold steady temps and humidity:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/R-COM-RCOM-...112?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cc90e3090

    Keeping the temperature is easy, even low end models will do that with ease, but keeping the humidity spot on is troublesome for nearly all incubators in the low end. You want something that you can exactly dial in and set and forget. Otherwise you'll be losing a lot of babies dead in the shell or coming out deformed, not something fun to deal with.

    Here's a photo of the $700 RCom 20 Pro. Nearly everyone here on this forum dreams of owing one of these! With this model you will never have to worry about having the right temp and humidity, and you can change from chicken to 'duck' or 'pheasant' or whatever with a touch of a button and just hit 'start'!


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    There are other high end cabinet incubators out there too if you are looking to hatch more than a few eggs at a time. Most people buy an incubator and a hatcher, for a total of about $2,000.

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  3. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Wow, those are some REALLY nice incubators! Unfortunately I my price range is very low. This would be my first real incubator so honestly as long as it holds it temps and holds humidity decently I'm happy. I wouldn't be hatching all that much, probably 10-15 eggs once a month.

    What about this one, would it be any better?
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chicken-Egg...ultDomain_0&hash=item3f16d17de8#ht_2534wt_882

    Or this one?
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chicken-Hat...aultDomain_0&hash=item19d4a472af#ht_500wt_899
     
  4. Texasmja

    Texasmja Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I ordered the Brinsea ECO 20! I can't wait til it arrives! I will finally have a REAL incubator!!!!!

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    Last edited: Sep 15, 2012

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