Know anything about incubators?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NiftyChick, May 29, 2007.

  1. NiftyChick

    NiftyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! I saw this Chicken Incubator on craigslist for $5. It's mine if I want it, but I really know nothing about incubators (nor does the person selling it). [​IMG]

    Does this look useful? Is it really an incubator for hatching eggs?

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    Thanks for your help!!

    -Emily
     
  2. SkeeredChicken

    SkeeredChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow!!! Is that home made or old skewl?!?! I see the element has left a mark on one side. Seems there *may* be some sort of holes for ventilation, check. It's definately a bit different. Might be interesting.
     
  3. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    That's old school. I've seen those before but don't know much about them. Those are the cheap ones they used to sell before the plastic and styrofoam cheap ones.

    For $5 what's to lose? Search around the web and see if you can figure out how it was used. Get a thermometer and see how well it regulates. If it doesn't work out you can always sell it to an antique store for $30. [​IMG]
     
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  4. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It looks like a Brower to me. I have one here that I bought for emergency backup about 1997. They sold for about $160.00 at that time. They have a much bigger element than the LG or hova. 125 watt I believe.
     
  5. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think it might be missing it's top? Seems like the piece on the right is the ring with the egg rack and the one on the left is the bottom heat element... or maybe the piece on the right is the bottom and the piece with the element goes on top?
    [​IMG] LOL, I have no idea what I'm talking about -I've only seen these kind on ebay and they were always shown in the shut/operating mode. So who knows, could be interesting! Too bad it doesn't have a window though. [​IMG]
     
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  6. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Quote:Yup, I did a search on E-bay and there several like that on there. I thought they were older than that though. Doesn't look like $160 worth. The newer Brower tubs don't even sell for that much.
     
  7. NiftyChick

    NiftyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You guys are amazing! Thank you! Yeah, I guess I can't really go wrong with $5. [​IMG] I'll tell you more when I get it.

    Em
     
  8. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

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    I used one of those for years and had much better hatches than with styrofoams I have now. Monty
     
  9. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yup $160.00 in 1997 Mine still has the price tags on it. With the big element and the double metal walls they hold heat better than the hova. So you can use them in a much cooler enviroment. The metal acts as a heat sink so they don't fluctuate as quickly unless the sun gets on them then they will overheat. Only thing I had against it was there is no way to put a turner in it.

    For some reason I always got better duck egg hatches out of it than the Hova or LG.

    Used a sportsman for years and recently moved up to a new Brinsea Ova Easy. It beats the sportman hands down and is cheaper too!
     
  10. seedcorn

    seedcorn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm using one right now. We had it when I was a kid (don't ask how many decades that's been). I'm having real problems controlling temps, lost first batch, think I'm going to lose second batch. Between temp swings/probably needs new thermostat (too cheap to buy one--not sure where I could find one) and my job, haven't had time(patience) to fine tune it.

    Let us know how you get along and yes for $5, it's a steal, if you don't want it, send it to Indiana.
     

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