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Incubator questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LegginMF12, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. LegginMF12

    LegginMF12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2011
    Yucca Valley
    I have the bug! I want to hatch my own chicks next year and would like to get an incubator. Which is one of the better ones for your money? I live in Yucca Valley, Ca. (hi-desert). We get temps as high as 110 in the summer, though usually they run 95 to 102. In the winter at night it can get down in the low 20's and I have seen it as low as 13, warm weather doesn't really show up until Juneish. We get a little bit of snow, but not every year, usually it will fall and not stick but a year or two ago we got 16 inches. Our humidity can be as low as 5% and as high as 65%. The incubator will be kept in the garage. Which humidifier has the best temp control vs cost? I may also have the option of slipping the eggs I order under a hen if I happen to have one broody at the time. Any info would be appreciated. I would also like one with an egg turner.
  2. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2011
    Brinsea ECO 20 is great for the money. I have had 95-100% hatches, but they only hold 24 chicken eggs.
  3. LegginMF12

    LegginMF12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2011
    Yucca Valley
    24 would be enuf 4 me!
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    My personal favorite is the Hovabator with fan and egg turner! Hands down the best I've had for the price. Stay far away from Little Giant.
  5. Savannah Poultry

    Savannah Poultry The Source

    Mar 29, 2010
    Lakeview, OR
    For a small incubator the hovabator genesis 1588 is the best. Holds 42
  6. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Quote:Um, if you stick to hatching in the summer, with those temps you could probably do it without an incubator. LOL!

    If you've got the money, I'd recommend a Brinsea. They really are fabulous. The Hovabators are very well thought of too but the styrofoam means they're just that little bit less tough and after a few hatches they'll start to look tatty and once the styrofoam gets scratched or scored they're also harder to clean. That's just my personal preference though. Either of them would be great bators to have...

    If you get a Brinsea, the auto turner is a separate motorised cradle you put the whole bator into. With the Hovabator, the turners go inside the bator.
  7. domino7

    domino7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    You can't go wrong with any of the Brinsea incubators. They are so easy to clean, and I've had great hatches with my eco 20.
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Quote:X2 avoid it at all cost.
  9. LegginMF12

    LegginMF12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2011
    Yucca Valley
    Quote:24 would be plenty. Thanks guys!

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