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Is a GQF mini chickbator worth the cash?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by zaylinda, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. zaylinda

    zaylinda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Folks,
    I was wondering if the GQF chickbator has any chance at all of hatching eggs.
    Does anyone have any experience with them?
    I know that with it's small size, it would be susceptible to room temperature changes, would wrapping it in a blanket help?
    Thanks for your help,
    -Zay
     
  2. zaylinda

    zaylinda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to bump, folks, but this is the one incubator I was talking about.
    https://www.gqfmfg.com/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=272
    I have been fascinated by this incubator since I was a kid. It's cute, affordable, and has that tantalizing chance to hatch your own eggs.
    However - I don't know how reliable it actually is.
    Has anyone had any luck using one?
    -Z
     
  3. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Never used one myself, but have hear some bad things about them. The small to hold the temp right is the biggest complain. Either build one or save your money and get a store bought one. Either way I think you would be better off.
     
  4. zaylinda

    zaylinda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I was worried about.
    I guess I'll save up my money to make one myself.
     
  5. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    They have some nice plans here. But I think if you follow some of MissPrissy's more conventional plans, you can't go wrong. She does go overbroad sometimes, but she proves a great point, you can hatch eggs in anything if you keep the temp and humidity correct.
     
  6. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    the GQF hovabator works good if you get the non-wafer one, untill you get one built, I've got one along with my sportsman
     
  7. Freddy

    Freddy Out Of The Brooder

    I hatched out 2 out of 3 eggs with mine. I had to use more aluminum foil for more heat from the light bulb and to retain the heat I had to place it inside a small cardboard box. You'd have to buy a digital thermometer with a probe because the thermometer tht comes with it doesn't work that well. It is a lot work though. I rotated them six times a day and placing the foil just right took me a long time.
     
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  8. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    put a light bulb in a box and you have the same thing. no thermostat or air flow. spend twice the money and get a 1602 (42.00) and you will have better luck.
     
  9. Woods_Woman

    Woods_Woman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2009
    Oregon Rain Forest
    I bought one of these and tried it...Sorry, what a joke. It's more work then it's worth. I threw mine away.
     
  10. Freddy

    Freddy Out Of The Brooder

    Quote:Yup. Same here it went to the garbage now I have 2 little giants, much easier to work with [​IMG]
     

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