Incubators, your favorite brand/type and any suggestions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hillbillycitygirl, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. hillbillycitygirl

    hillbillycitygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    We are looking to purchase an incubator and we are looking for suggestions. Please let me know of your favorite incubator, and why, and any info on bad ones that we should avoid.

    Thanks!
    ps. pictures would be awesome too!
     
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Avoid any you can buy at fleet farm lol And I have had the hovabator (it was ok but eventually I needed more room) and now I have a sportsman 1502 and I have had several 100% hatch rates with it [​IMG] VERY nice but pretty expensive. If your going to be hatching just a few I would go with a hovabator but if your going big eventually I would put that money into a cabinet type plus they are great! AND digital and tells you everything you need to know. YOu turn it on and you walk away. With any smaller ones you have to buy a hygrometer etc and watch it closely...AND if you miss something you lose your hatch. Much easier with the cabinets.
     
  3. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well go with what you can afford and has the options you want. Figure out what your looking for as far as hatching numbers wise and go from there. Then be like me forget to calculate in for chicken math lol.
     
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    What we did was buy a cheaper one to start and then found out we wanted to hatch WAY more then it would allow LOL SO I sold off that one and we got a large one. SO I agree with the the other comment and figure out your budget and also how much effort you want to put into hatching etc. I used to stand guard when I first started but now I'm happy I can just walk away and leave it be. I had to purchase the bucket for on top of the incubator to supply the water but that was it.
     
  5. chickensinwasillaAK

    chickensinwasillaAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're not kidding, I have a sportsman also and had to order the bucket. I can't keep Humidity up, the air is so dry here I have to fill the tray every day. Put in a wick pad and you'll fill it twice a day. I did learn thjat if I close off the lower vent on the front right, it'll increase the humidity pretty fast.
     
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  6. Alexander

    Alexander Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Homemade works best for me [​IMG]
     
  7. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2, my homemade is the best I have had.
     
  8. zebserema

    zebserema Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dont waste your money get a brinsea eco 20 now on sale for 99$ and on their facebook page they have a 10% off coupon its a good one i promoise
     
  9. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:All depends on you

    How many eggs you want to hatch at once?

    How much is your budget?

    How often you are going to use it?

    do you have the time to watch t he incubator during the day or not?

    answering this questions may narrow your search

    may be someone else may have more questions
     
  10. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my favorite brand is "QuintinP Originalle" lol i like homemade incubators, the best,,,,,, the more love you put into one the better it is
     
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