Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dickies chics, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. dickies chics

    dickies chics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2009
    Baldwinville MA
    I'm not sure if this is the correct place for this but here goes. I'm looking to buy an incubator, I was hoping for a little help in picking out the best one. I won't be using it all the time as we our just begining but I want the best for my money that I can find. I am willing to spend up to about 200 dollars.
  2. rarebreedeggs4u

    rarebreedeggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2009
    Morrow, AR
    I don't own one, but if I was shopping in that price point, I'd be buying a Hovabator 1588 with a turner [​IMG]
  3. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    Capacity is the first consideration what is your need?

    Are you OK with a Styrofoam incubator or do you prefer cabinet style?

    Are you a builder and can you make one?

    Do you desire (need a turner)

    Are you in a hurry? I got a great Sportsmand on Craigslist for 150 dollars about a 600 value. These come up not often but they come up.

    Lots of things to consider.

    I personally like a cabinet bator (just because I do) I do not hatch enough chicks to justify one but that is me. The styrofoam one's work just fine. I hate eating off the stuff I hate drinking coffee off the stuff and I cant stand to hear it squeak ... Styrofoam that is. All of that is personal for me and has nothing to do with that incubator's ability to hatch chicks
  4. dickies chics

    dickies chics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2009
    Baldwinville MA
    I would rather not build, as this is only a hobby right now I think I don,t need a lot of capacity maybe around 40 tops.
  5. NatalieB

    NatalieB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2009
    Ashby, MA
    You can also get some great deals on ebay. I had a hovabator first but had a hard time with night dips in temps, so I got a brinsea. The best thing ever! Just set it and forget it! [​IMG]
  6. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
  7. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Whatever you do decide on.......I'd recommend that you get one with an air-circulating FAN and an EGG-TURNER. They will make your incubating more successful and less bothersome. [​IMG]

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
  8. Surehatch

    Surehatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2009
    If you are looking to buy an incubator in the $200.00 price range, I would suggest a GQF Model 1588 Hovabator + 1610 Auto turner - You can get all this for way under $200.00 - in fact, you'll be able to get it for around $185.00 shipping included! Brinsea Incubators are a bit more expensive, but also worth while considering. You will get better value for money when you buy the Hovabator. Hope this helps!
  9. dickies chics

    dickies chics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2009
    Baldwinville MA
    thanks everyone I think i have decided to go with a hova-bator forced air with egg turner, i'm also getting the still air to use for hatching. I found a sale on a combo kit with both for under 200.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2009
  10. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] $200 incubator? well, if the money is converted to my local currency and you buy an incubator locally made here, you'll be able to buy an incubator (well a good one) able to hatch more than 1000 eggs. [​IMG]

    well, $ more valuable here than in US. [​IMG]

    good luck with the new bator.

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