GQF 9100 bator?? Good/Bad?? Help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MissAbbyStreet, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. MissAbbyStreet

    MissAbbyStreet In the Brooder

    Nov 27, 2009
    South of the James, VA
    Alright, so I'll be incubating for the first time this Spring, and have been looking for an affordable/small/beginner incubator. I came across this one:
    it's a steal and the perfect model for someone like me, or it's a total ripoff and a waste of 20 bucks..
    Keep in mind, I only intend to hatch 3 hens, tops.

  2. Fowl97

    Fowl97 Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    i was curious about this also i hope its good
  3. Stumper

    Stumper In the Brooder

    Dec 16, 2009
    Fayetteville Arkansas
    I have no experience with this bator, but for $20 I dont think you can go wrong.. If you only plan to hatch out 3 and then give it up maybe you could donate it to a class room at a local school..[​IMG]
  4. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Songster

    Dec 13, 2008
    Hayward, Ca
  5. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Crowing

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    Was of time and money. You would come out better making you own out of a light socket and cardboard box.


  6. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Those aren't good bators. They are too small to hold heat or humidity and the plastic dome doesn't insulate well so it's very difficult to keep the numbers stable. They absolutely have to be in a room or area that does not change temp to have any chance of hatching. In a room that changes temp from day to night or near a draft like windows and heat or ac vents they will not hold the same temperature. Several people have also had chicks die in weird accidents during or after hatching again because of the small size. The final problem is that setting only 3 eggs is not a good idea. Your odds of getting 2 chicks are limited especially from shipped eggs which a 50% hatch rate is good and single chicks are bad. Chickens are social and a single chick may even die from loneliness. Most people end up buying some chicks from the feed store to keep their lone chick happy. If you are hatching purchased eggs you will spend more money getting enough eggs to hatch the chickens you want than if you just send $20 more on gqf's 1602 hovabator which can hold up to 40 eggs. I've hatched hundreds of chickens and quail in mine so far. They require a hatch or 2 to really figure them out and get the settings straight since they are still the low end of the incubators but with all the mistakes I made my first hatch in my 1602 I still got 2 chicks. That's 2 more than I would have gotten making those mistakes with a smaller bator.
  7. zaylinda

    zaylinda Songster

    Nov 29, 2009
    Tacoma WA
    I was looking into getting one of these, but was warned off. Apparently they have a very poor chance of hatching eggs.
    I ended up putting out the extra cash to buy one of these, which get great reviews:
    I'm still waiting for it to come in the mail!

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