Hovabator 2362N: What do I need to know?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by alicefelldown, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    Recently decided to stop using broodies and get serious - picked up a Hovabator 2362N (circulated air) on the cheap, with the automatic turner.

    Now, I know about 'painting' the bottom with silicone to prevent stains and 'bator breath'...

    But what else SHOULD I know before tossing any eggs in? Anyone have any specific tips/tricks for this model?
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2009
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Quote:Thats a new one on me? Learn something new every day.... But um... What is "bator breath?"


    Also don't silicone stain just as bad as foam?
     
  3. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    I can't find it now, but it's something I read on here - a tube of clear silicone spread over the bottom part of the incubator - cuts down on the staining, makes it easier to clean, and helps the bator from getting too 'funky'.
     
  4. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    I hate to bump, but I don't want to make any mistakes with this 'bator.

    Anyone have any tips?
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I store styrofoam containers open so any gasses can escape. If you do coat with silicone, make sure it degassed really well before use. Set up the bator for at least a week the first time to make sure everything is stable and where you want it.

    A trick I use to keep bators clean is to line the hatching tray with paper towels to catch any chick hatch drippings.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If you use that rubbery holey shelf liner on the wire, you won't have much to clean up at all. Just toss that away after the hatch or wash with mild bleach solution and reuse. Trust me, it works great.

    Does yours have the clear tray in the bottom for the water? That is cleaned and my bators do not smell at all, even after many uses.
     
  7. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I agree. I am going to use that with my next hatch. I think it would make it easier for them to get a better grip on too.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Another reason to use the rubbery stuff is that when a chick has a slightly rough navel, scraping it on the wire shelf sometimes makes it bleed.
     
  9. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    This stuff right?

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  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Looks like it. You can buy it at any dollar type store, grocery store, Walmart, etc.
     

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