Incubator recomendations. All you hatchers help me out!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mississippifarmboy, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    What is the best all around incubator today? I didn't realize they had came out with so darn many different ones in the past few years! I've been looking online getting ready for the spring hatching season and I have some fairly expensive eggs coming so I want to get a good one.
    The past couple of years we have used a couple of the styrofoam incubators (The newer one was a little giant with a fan and turner, the old one was unknown maker with no fan or turner which we used as a hatcher). They worked fine, had good hatches from them, but don't hold alot of eggs. I've also had trouble keeping the humidity at the correct levels with these.
    Years ago we hatched hundreds of eggs a year and always used a sportsman incubator. (We had four at that time, three for incubating and one hatcher) I forget how many eggs they held but it was alot and the humidity was a breeze with them. I found out they have a newer digital sportsman out now, but haven't seen any reveiws on them.
    The new hard plastic ones (Brinsea, etc..) I have no experiance with.

    So what do you recomend?
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2010
  2. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2010
  3. NancyP

    NancyP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    I am a big fan of the Dickey incubator. I love mine it practically runs itself and my hatch rates are great!
  4. chickendude1

    chickendude1 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2010
    Morganton North Carolina
    Sportsmen 1502 hatcher best if you want to pay the money for it
  5. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    3 votes, 3 different incubators. Gonna be tougher than I thought.

    I want one that will last for years, price depends on how big, durable, egg #'s, etc...
    Certainly under $1,000.
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Brinsea. I have .... Several different models: MiniAdvance, MiniAdvance EE, both of which only hold 7 chicken eggs, and a couple Octagon20 Advance EX units... Well, three, to be exact. Each holds 20 eggs - Brinsea says 24, but I can't fit 24 into it. Why not call it an Octagon24 if it's supposed to hold 24? ....just something I've wondered.....

  7. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Quote:Lordy gryeyes! you are a living ad for Brinsea! I suppose they work great to have so many of them? I'm impressed!

    And just a tiny bit jealous.....
  8. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I incubate in a Sportsman (96 each row x 3), and hatch in tabletops. I like the HovaBator Genesis (styrofoam) as it is roomier, preset, and I can see through the top. I have 2 of the Brinsea Eco (Economy only $99.), which holds 20 (Actually I use an 18-egg egg carton). I also have 2 HovaBators that are not the Genesis (but they do have the fan).

    I say, a little of this and a little of that works for me. [​IMG]

    Good luck!
  9. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Thanks Kathy! I REALLY want these eggs to hatch.
  10. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Here are the rest of them.

    I think they are wonderful. The Advance models are nearly foolproof and the EX models are, as someone has said, stupid proof.

    I had first thought I would only need to hatch a few at a time; had I known then what I know now, I would have gotten one of Brinsea's much larger cabinet models.

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