Good class room Incubator??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Wooden_Pony, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    My friend who is a Kindergarten teacher is wanting to hatch a couple of chicken eggs in her classroom. She sent me this link from Ebay and asked if this would do it.

    I have no clue so I figured I would post the link and get some feedback on what you think, maybe some of you even have used one of these?

    Probably not, but hey can hurt to ask here right?

    She like it because it is not that expensive, I am just worried maybe to cheap (no pun intended)

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Chick-Bator-Min...ihZ004QQcategoryZ3138QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Oh, I've seen those and I hear that it doesn't really work that well. Especially in class rooms where heating is shut off for weekends. I'd go for a larger Styrofoam one if cost is the prohibitive thing.
     
  3. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    They work but will only hatch a couple eggs. YOU need to supply her with FERTILIZED eggs for best chance of getting a hatch. My 5th or 6th grade(its been a couple of years) got the eggs we hatched from the grocery store, I actually got in trouble for telling her the ones from the store wouldn't hatch because they had no rooster. Needless to say my father got called to school and when I explained to him, he about died laughing and asked what the science teacher knew about anything and said I was right. Needless to say after a discussion with principle and science teacher I brought eggs in the next day which somehow managed to hatch. My parents were always good about backing me if i was right.(one parenting skill that I am glad I learned from mmom and dad, but if I was in the wrong watch out)
     
  4. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    The chick bator is notoriously bad.

    If she wants something for very small quantity that has good reviews from what I've read (and that's a LOT about incubators, since we're considering one for the spring) the R-com 3 egg is supposed to be pretty goof-proof, and has an optional built in scope.

    Go to http://www.brinsea.com/products/rcom.html

    it's
    pricey - abouyt $150 or a bit more...

    For a cheaper alternative that actually WORKS, I'd recommend she build her own from a styrofoam cooler.

    There's tons of information here about building your own incubator. If she is wanting to spend less than $25, that would be the way to go. It'd be much more likely to hatch eggs than the chickbator, from what I gather.

    Susan
     
  5. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Oh, and one more thing... make SURE she knows what she will do with whatever she decides to hatch out, otherwise the babies will be doomed to a short and miserable life of being squeezed by someone who thinks those fuzz balls are so cute, but has no intention or idea what to do with a full grown chicken/duck/quail, etc.
     
  6. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:The first thing she did do was find them a home.

    She asked me if I would take them so they will come here to my place. If they happen to be roos then they will go to our friend's parent's house.

    They just recently were bitten by the chicken bug [​IMG]
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    And if she can't afford the R-com, which I think is highly overpriced and gadget-ety, something like this would work if she doesn't want to build one. Just have to turn eggs every day.
     
  8. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    yeah, that chicken bug is definately going around...

    We all (even my husband who acts like he doesn't like the chickens, but still goes out there and sits and talks to them...) got it bad at our house.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    We all (even my husband who acts like he doesn't like the chickens, but still goes out there and sits and talks to them...) got it bad at our house.

    LOL sounds like here!!!!! My husband does the same thing. He even told me that he was upset that one of our Pullets was killed by a hawk because he liked her the best!

    Then today he went out into the yard to turn off the sprinkle and he came in and told me that "Butter" was out, that is one of our NEW chicks.

    I about fell to the floor [​IMG] not only did he know her name BUT he also caught her and put her back into the chickpen so that the older ones would not get her!!!​
     
  10. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Not a bad price.... [​IMG]

    Maybe I will buy it for her and she can "Borrow" it then I will have an incubator.

    Oh geeze am I going to get myself into trouble! [​IMG]
     

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