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Incubator vs Hatcher

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Egg_newton, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. Egg_newton

    Egg_newton Songster

    Jun 19, 2009
    East Central Indiana
    I've searched the forum but can't find the difference between an incubator and a hatcher. Can you tell me?

    I just got a big ol' lab incubaotor from work (never used to grow "bugs") and a Little Giant with egg turner gifted as well. I was thinking about keeping them both.

  2. mulia24

    mulia24 Songster

    well, i'm not an expert, but according to me that i read from many posts.

    incubator is a *device* where you put your egg for 21 day by turning them till 18 day and bumping the humidity at 19-21 day.

    hatcher is a *device* where you put your egg when it reached 19 day and have no turner and no need turning anymore also with high humidity provided, the eggs are moved from bator that only hold them for 18 days.

    conclusion: you can hatch the eggs using incubator itself for 21 day full or you can keep the egg inside incubator for 18 days and move them inside hatcher for 3 last days.

    the purpose of why people use hatcher is to have a fully running bator so even if you put 1 egg everyday to the bator you won't be afraid of *distortion* date of bumping humidity since you can mark the egg till and move the marked egg to hatcher when it reach the 19 and still having fully running bator.

    the hatcher have high humidity and no turner.

    the incubator have low humidity for 1-18 and high humidiy for 19-21 and with/without turner.

    hatcher is also an incubator but all is depend of people how they want the bator and hatcher work.
  3. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    You can technically incubate chicks in a hatcher & hatch chicks in an incubator.
    The only real difference in my hatcher & 'bator is they trays. (I have both a cabinet incubator & cabinet hatcher by GQF)
    A lot of people keep a separate hatcher because hatching is messy... that keeps the mess (possible contamination) out of the 'bator.
    Other people (myself included - depending on what I'm hatching) don't care to move the eggs at all during incubation, and just leave them in the incubator.

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