Help me Choose an Incubator!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PoultryQueen29, May 30, 2012.

  1. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Songster

    Sep 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    I wanted to do a little hatching project this summer. Hatch eggs for people and maybe make a little money off of it. I love hatching eggs so it would be really fun. I want a good incubator for this (at the time I have a Little Giant cheap styrofoam incubator that almost killed my eggs the first time I used it). What is the best incubator that will keep the temp. and humidity stable and has automatic turning? My price limit is $299.99. Not $300 because having a 2 instead of a 3 in front will look better to my dad [​IMG]
  2. I started with a LG still air we bought of craigslist. It worked ok, but needed constant monitoring. Was not happy with the ability to hold humidity. Seemed very the styro seemed very porous.

    We purchased a GQF Hovabator 1588 and love it. The LG egg turner dropped right in and fit perfectly in the 1588.

    Will tell you how the first hatch with the 1588 goes on Saturday, but at lockdown it looks like a winner.

    I think we paid under 160 for the 1588 and I'd rec commend the turner. This should bring you to about 220ish. Make sure to check the BYC sponsors in the featured sponsors list to the right when shopping. I got mine from GQF.

  3. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    I have two Hovabators (1602 & a 1588) and a Brinsea Octagon 20 eco. The 1602 is okay and it's hatched out a lot of eggs, but it's a still air so it's not that great about regulating the temp. The 1588, though, is much better and I definitely recommend it. It's hatched everything from chicks to peachicks with very good hatch rates. I haven't had the Brinsea that long, so still kinda getting used to it. But I love that's its not a styrofoam incubator.
    Last edited: May 31, 2012
  4. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Songster

    Sep 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    I was thinking about getting a Brinsea but they are super expensive. It's well over $300 for one that holds more than 10 eggs. I'll look at the 1588 and everything :) Thanks for the help!
  5. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
  6. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Songster

    Sep 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    I think i'll go with the 1588 Hovabator. Thanks again everyone!
  7. Apriljc

    Apriljc Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    I am currently using a 1588 as we speak, for the first time. I am nearing the end and it has held its humidity and temp very well. I have been told that styro bators tend to lead to eggs that don't loose as much moisture as they should. I have been filling the first tray in the bator and it holds around 53%. I am worried bc the air cells aren't very big. If I do this again, I will try doing something closer to dry incubating (maybe around 40%).
  8. You will be happy with your decision.
  9. LALOM

    LALOM In the Brooder

    May 13, 2012
    Check out a ReptiPro I'm buying one tommorrow for 219 with one egg turner. I think the cheapest one the have is 169 but no turner.

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