Incubators--what to look for?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mrs. Mucket, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're looking at incubators with electric turners--what are the factors to consider? Fans? Electronic thermostats? Any recommendations or suggestions?
     
  2. shuizar209

    shuizar209 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I turn the eggs myself for two reasons. One I feel a connection to them before theyeven hatch and two I can fit more in the bator haha. [​IMG]

    I do not know alot about the turners and stuff so heres a bump for you and hopefully someone who does chimes in.
     
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I work full time so I cannot hand turn. I have the Brinsea Octo Eco 20 and it holds 24 eggs (which keeps me from having 995,000 chicks) and is pretty much stupid proof. I love it!!!
     
  4. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All depends on how much you want to spend and how much time you have to check on the incubator

    Brinsea is known to be the best
    But it only fits 24 chicken eggs
    Hovabator Genesis 1588
    Works very good too
    it can hold 42 chicken eggs
    with the turner

    How many chicks do you plan to hatch ?


    I have a Genesis 1588 with turner
     
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Brinsea sells other bators that hold more but the one that holds 24 is the most popular. Its the one I have. I wish I had more room, but I also know it is just not feasible to hatch more.
     
  6. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    jm--We'd like to process around 50 birds at a time. I have looked at the Hovabator 1588--looks like it would work, having fan and thermostat. With the turner it will hold 42 eggs?

    I'll also check out the larger Brinsea.
     
  7. doxies1

    doxies1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The 1588 will hold 42 and push come to shove, you can double stack some for larger capacity. Guinea fowl forum folks do it regularly.
     
  8. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the comments--we ordered a Hovabator 1588, which seems to be the favorite among people we asked. With the turner it will hold 42 eggs. We'll be able to raise a couple of batches during our summers--meaties and layer replacements. If we have any broody hens we may get some chicks the old fashioned way too!
     
  9. valley ranch

    valley ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Greetings, We are using a homemade but have ordered a turner, like having a automatic transmission in the car.
    Having a fan I think is another must. Well, many people do just fine without either.


    Richard
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2011
  10. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Mrs. Mucket :

    Thanks for the comments--we ordered a Hovabator 1588, which seems to be the favorite among people we asked. With the turner it will hold 42 eggs. We'll be able to raise a couple of batches during our summers--meaties and layer replacements. If we have any broody hens we may get some chicks the old fashioned way too!

    Good choice!!!!​
     

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