Is there a cheap, small-ish 'bator out there?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jaimi, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. Jaimi

    Jaimi Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm looking for a bator, preferbly under $50 that I can use to hatch some chicks (chickens only, not quail or anything else).
    Also, it doesn't need to be big; 20 egg capasity would be more than eough (in reality, 10 would be pleanty, LOL).
    With one that small, would it be better to just build one? Or are there any out there like the one I would need?
    I'm looking to start my own small Welsummer flock this spring. [​IMG]
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    for under $50 you can get the hovabator 1602N. It was my first bator. its still air and you have to hand turn the eggs
     
  3. Jaimi

    Jaimi Out Of The Brooder

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    Does opening the bator to hand turn not affect the eggs? Doesnt the heat and humidity fall?
     
  4. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, they fall a little, depending on how long you have the top off. But a hen gets up off the eggs a few times a day, as well.
     
  5. Vagirl

    Vagirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought 2 at tractor supply for $41 each. Still air and they work just great! Do you have a tractor supple near you? At a smaller downtown store they had the exact model for $60, so it pays to look around. [​IMG]
     
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I felt bad for selling it. I bought a pricier bator but I did have a good hatch in it. I had 14 out of 24 eggs hatch. I only used it once though.
     
  7. Jaimi

    Jaimi Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I do. I'll look asap! Thanks everyone, sounds like thats what I need. [​IMG]
     
  8. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Before you go make sure you stay away from LG's. If you look on this forum you can see that they have some problems.
     
  9. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    Oregono
    Tractor Supply must be an Eastern thing-I have never heard of it, but I see lots of mentions here. We have Wilco, Coastal Farm and Big-R stores in Oregon [​IMG] Off topic, I know. Ok, ok, I'll add to the topic-I got a LG for $40 at my farm store and it works ok so far!
     
  10. Leslie In North Pole

    Leslie In North Pole Chillin' With My Peeps

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    (Now, Stevie,

    How can you say you feel bad for selling your original bator? I still have it, getting ready to add a fan to it and set it up as a hatcher as I am going to be steadily hatching over the next couple of weeks.

    Pheasants due to hatch on the 28th, geese on the 1st, chicks the 4th, muscovies the 8th, and turkeys the 13th..... I plan on putting it to good use, wish me luck.)

    Jaimi,

    You can always fill some of the empty space with clean rocks or sealed containers of water to help control temp swings. Steady humidity levels are the most important in the last three days, once you stop turning the eggs, so there shouldn't be too much of an issue as you shouldn't be opening the bator at that time. Just make sure you place a couple of thermometers in different spots in your bator and a hydrometer so you are aware of any "cool" or "warm" spots in your bator.

    As to the difference in the LG and the hovas, I have found that the LG with a fan that I have running right now is more prone to temp swings, where in my hova with a fan stays steadier. With close monitoring, both are running smoothly.
     

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