Incubators are "tools".....You get what you pay for, Right?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sticks22, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. sticks22

    sticks22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive been reading alot of posts about the good and bad things about different kinds of incubators. I was wondering if the best incubators are like the automotive tools that you buy. If you buy cheap then youll have more problems than you really want, right? EX. Craftsman vs. tools made from china......???
     
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:Yes, you get what you pay for. With that said there are differences in each price
    class too.

    My Pics:
    $50 - Don't Bother
    $100-$150 - Everyone seems to love the Hovabator Genesis
    $350 - $500 - Brinsea(lots of room) or Rcom(fully automatic)
    $500 - $700 - Sportman or Brinsea cabinets (Ready for a chicken farm? [​IMG] )
     
  3. sticks22

    sticks22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Thats kinda what I thought too!
     
  4. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Quote:Yes, you get what you pay for. With that said there are differences in each price
    class too.

    My Pics:
    $50 - Don't Bother
    $100-$150 - Everyone seems to love the Hovabator Genesis
    $350 - $500 - Brinsea(lots of room) or Rcom(fully automatic)
    $500 - $700 - Sportman or Brinsea cabinets (Ready for a chicken farm? [​IMG] )

    You are exactly right on the "you get what you pay for"
    On thing we always bring up, our first Sportsman cabinet comeplety paid for itself in chick sales with 6 months of buying it.

    Steve in NC
     
  5. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    So if you want fewer hatch problems like deformities, etc., does a "fancier" incubator help with that because the chicks will probably develop correctly under good conditions?
     
  6. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:In general, yes, but that doesn't mean an expensive bator will never have a problem.

    In fact, since the more expensive bators typically hold more eggs your chances of
    deformaties are greater if you hatch more birds.

    The quailty of eggs you get counts too. Shipped eggs tend to have more problems
    than fertile eggs from your own coop or from someone local.

    Finally, you must know your bator. Each bator has it's own idiosyncracies, just
    like most of our spouses. [​IMG]

    I've had good and bad hatches in my $500 Brinsea. I've also had good and bad
    hatches in my Little Giants.
     

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