Good, but inexpensive incubators

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by raecarrow, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. raecarrow

    raecarrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    I am looking into buying an incubator so we can raise chicks earlier in the year so they are laying by high summer. This year would be about experimentation, but I wan't to get one that will last for several years.Here is a list of requirements I have:

    - around $100
    - can incubate 2 doz or more chicken eggs
    - automatic egg turner
    - good thermostat/humidity control or inexpensive replacements

    We are getting a batch of 30 buff orpington chicks in a week or two, so I hope to have some hens go broody, but since we want to supply our meat needs, we will need to raise 50 ish birds a year for meat, plus birds to augment our breeding/laying stock. I don't see this happening with just broody hens. Also, I know we won't be getting to this goal this year, but I want to head this direction.
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Granted that the following is just my opinion. There are a few brands in the $100 range but I really can't recommend any of them. Especially for one that will incubate that many eggs, is reliable AND with auto turner.
    Probably the closest you'll come is a hovabator.
    http://www.strombergschickens.com/p...ators?s=GSHP&gclid=CNDU7J3JydECFRe2wAodL-QE8A

    You won't get humidity control unless you spend a lot more money.
    You'll need to spend at least $400 to fill all your wish list.

    I have used Little Giants and I call them embryo executioners.

    I have a couple larger homemade incubators.
     
  3. raecarrow

    raecarrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you make a homemade incubator? I'd be interested to try.
     
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