good cheap inexpensive incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shavery, Sep 29, 2016.

  1. shavery

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    hi folks what is a good cheap inexpensive automatic turning incubator?
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Unfortunately "good" and "cheap" rarely go together with incubators. I love my Brinseas, they are set and forget and the hatch rates are excellent, but they are on the pricier side. You might look into a Hovabator with an automatic turner. Personally I don't like Styrofoam incubators, I find them to be less reliable, but they are going to be your least expensive option and a Hovabator will be better than a Little Giant, at least.
     
  3. n8ivetxn

    n8ivetxn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built one for about $40, it has all the bells and whistles. I didn't have the money to buy an automatic model, so I built it (- and I'm female, so anybody can do it!) [​IMG]
     
  4. shavery

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    thank you
     
  5. shavery

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    haha i will look into it
     
  6. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Home built Cheap can be done if you got a few things laying around to hold the cost down. Building a incubator can be done, but building one that hatches good requires some extra thought----unless you have beginners luck! They need to be turned, you need steady temp, good air movement, and be able to control the humidity, as well as some good info from well experienced hatchers to have great hatches. I see some beginning hatchers telling people how/what to do, then I look at some of their older post and see they had none hatch the last few tried or 2 out of 40 eggs-----I personally would look some where else for some help----""a blind person can not be led by a blind person"".

    Never feel bad asking for help----if you do not know---you do not know--------asking for help after the fact is way to late. Know EVERY THING you need to do before plugging in the incubator-----things from collecting the eggs, how to hold the eggs till set time, what the temp and humidity needs to be from start to hatch, how often to turn the eggs(if you do not have a automatic turner), when to stop turning(remove turner) what the inside of a 12 or 18 day old should look like when candling, what to do and not to do during the last 3 to 4 days of incubation, etc, etc???? Good Luck with all your hatches.
     
  7. n8ivetxn

    n8ivetxn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Absolutely. I have chicken experience, but broodies always did my hatching. I had to do a lot of reading, mostly here on BYC, before I felt I was ready to incubate.... Lots of good experience on here and people willing to answer and help - even in the middle of the night!

    I think my hatch turned out so bad because the eggs were shipped over a long holiday (Labor Day weekend)...[​IMG]
     
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