Good Incubator for beginners?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MysteryChik, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. MysteryChik

    MysteryChik Chillin' With My Peeps

    Have tried doing some research and found mixed reviews about several different incubators. For someone like me who would like to TRY incubating her own eggs to see how it goes, I knew this would be just the place to come and ask for your expert opinions! Have only had chickens about a year. Have bought several adult birds from individuals, and this year the DH and me bought four different breeds of baby chicks at our local SS chick days. But I would love to try to incubate and hatch my PBR or my Silver laced Wyandotte eggs, since those hens never seem to go broody. What incubator would you prefer for someone just starting out? I know I would want an automatic egg turner, and something that would hold around 20 eggs or so probably. Thanks so much in advance to all you helpful folks on this awesome site!
     
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really like Brinsea incubators. Pricey, but not prohibitively so. User friendly, good hatches, and a few options for the 20 +/- egg capacity range.
     
  3. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess a lot depends on how much you want to spend.

    Brinsea octagon eco. Holds 20 eggs and temp is preset from the factory. Heard these a being phased out. But are usually around 200.

    Take a look at hovabators. I have a 1588 genesis. Works great. It is styrofoam holds 40 eggs with a turner. They are a little over 200.

    I have had a couple of the lgs. I can't recommend them unless you have a lot of time to watch and adjust them. These can be frustrating. Most farm stores have these. Can usually be had for around 120.

    For beginners I would say brinsea or hovabator.
     
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  4. FATICKEN

    FATICKEN Just Hatched

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    Are there any cheap but good incubators that anybody knows of? We're sort of on a budget (My family) Thanks.
     
  5. MysteryChik

    MysteryChik Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks, what are lgs?
     
  6. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Little giant
     
  7. MysteryChik

    MysteryChik Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks. I was looking at a Brinsea, I remember that name...
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Incuview. Does everything that the Brinsea incubators do and are just as reliable, but at a fraction of the cost. Plus, you don't have to purchase the turner separately.
     
  9. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Had never heard of these, but looked it up on amazon. The 'all-in-one" model with 27 egg capacity. That's the one you use? Great price if it's a quality machine. Does it hold heat/humidity well? Does it rebuild heat/humidity well in the event you need to open it? One of the better qualities of a Brinsea is the virtual instant heat restoration on opening. That being said, if I could get a 27 egg capacity incubator that holds up for half the price of a Brinsea octagon - I'd seriously consider picking one up..
     
  10. MysteryChik

    MysteryChik Chillin' With My Peeps


    I looked up the same one 0wen, junebuggena is this the one you use?
     

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