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Incubator vs. Hatcher . . . what's the difference?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicknjane, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. chicknjane

    chicknjane Songster

    Jul 2, 2009
    Pine Grove, PA
    I want to eventually get an incubator to hatch my own eggs. So I've been watching the threads in this forum and I've seen some people mention moving their eggs from the incubator to the hatcher.

    Do I need to buy something in addition to the incubator? I thought I could just hatch them in the incubator and then put them in the brooder.

    I'm worried I'm going to get myself into another expensive addiction . . . um, I mean hobby.

  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    You can hatch them in the incubator.

    I *think* some people use a separate incubator as a hatcher, so they can get the one dedicated to incubating full of eggs again.
  3. chicknjane

    chicknjane Songster

    Jul 2, 2009
    Pine Grove, PA
    Oooh, now I get it. It's all about hatching more eggs. Not necessarily about creating a different environment for the pipping. Thank you.
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    It's a good idea for doing staggered hatches.
  5. catwalk

    catwalk Songster

    May 19, 2009
    Yeah, you can start a new batch every five days or so, without worrying about turning vs. lockdown. If you think you can hold yourself back to just one clutch at a time, hatching in the incubator is fine.
  6. lavacaw

    lavacaw Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    South Central Texas
    Quote:I manage to hold myself to one clutch at a time. I have the Brinsea Mini Advance which basically does everything for me. For all the ranting about not opening the incubator during the hatch, I have the brooder next to the 'bator and when there are three or more chicks hatched, I quickly open the 'bator and move them to the brooder. I find they don't dry very well when there are more than a couple hatched. I got seven out of seven last week!

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