hovabator, are they good?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Overeasyplz, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. Overeasyplz

    Overeasyplz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    Leesburg
    I am building ms. Prissy's incubator model, but I found a hovabator on ebay for a decent price. Are they reliable? it's the still air model without a turner in it..can it be modified with a cpu fan?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, you can put a fan in it. We found one at a yard sale and did that. Chicks are hatching in it now. The styrobators are okay for a number of hatches,then become more difficult to clean. They all have similar components to them and the sum of those is nowhere near what they charge for them, so I do like my homemade ones as well, except that those do not fit the turner.
     
  3. Overeasyplz

    Overeasyplz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    Leesburg
    Thanks! It's nice to get a second opinion. My mom has a little giant and we never were able to get eggs to hatch out of it.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Any bator is better with a fan, that's for sure. The LGs seem prone to temp spikes for some reason, maybe just because most of them are still air.
     
  5. kooltex

    kooltex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have good hatches out of my hovabator. Its a still air with a turner. Only thing I don't like is I need more room, would like to be able to hatch more eggs, and beable to put more in once I already have some started. I find eggs I want but have to wait till a hatch is done before I can order more. I like it though.
     
  6. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll only ever use a hovabator... I just candled this afternoon, 4/4 good to go on day 7! No turner, no fan... just follow the directions.
     
  7. vyshtia

    vyshtia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the 1588 and am really happy with it. I have a turner and fan and just got done with a 87% hatch rate (26/30) with shipped eggs. It's very reliable and easy.
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Another [​IMG]. It holds temperature very well. Mine is a 1602 with turner still air.
     
  9. peeppeeppeep

    peeppeeppeep Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a hovabator with the fan and am doing my first hatch. So far on day 20 I have 12 hatched out of 30 set. It seems to be doing the job just fine.
     

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