Little Giant incubator...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mamaboyd, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. mamaboyd

    mamaboyd Songster

    Jun 6, 2007
    Has anybody used a Little Giant brand incubator?? Was it any good etc??

    Saw one on EBay. For some reason, I would really like to try out hatching eggs at home. Seeing everybody's posts about incubating, hatching etc., has got me wanting to try it out!! [​IMG]

    Is there a minimum number of eggs you need to hatch at once since it holds 50 - 100 eggs?? I just don't know how many eggs I want to start with!!
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2008
  2. Tsagirl

    Tsagirl Songster

    Dec 9, 2007
    I have 2 LG's and they do just fine!
    Enjoy if you get one, but a word to the wise on those.....
    when you turn for just turn a hair and the temp goes up! so just very slight turn in either direction.

    anyway goodluck!
  3. Crazy4GameCocks

    Crazy4GameCocks Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    ya my sister has a LG and it rost her ducks out it sp[ked up on her twice and the last one killed them
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I do not care for LG's. They can be a pain in the tuckus. I prefer the Hovabator. Save yourself alot of guessing ans frustration and get theHovabator Genesis 1588 made by GQF . Get the egg turner if you can. This incubator is preset. The hard work is done for you. Add water, eggs, plug it in and go.
  5. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Quote:I am agreeing with missprissy. I used the 1602N and I hope to buy a 1588 and use it for a hatcher
  6. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    yea I have the LG and my sister ( crazy4gamecocks) is right the darn this had two temp spikes once was 112 the other 110 it fryed my duck eggs on day 16- but right now it is the only bator I have so I moved it to a new place in the house - trying a few things different and so far they are doing alright - temps are holding- I candled them tonight day 5-- 3 out of 7 are showing veins so far.

    Be very careful with it - they seem to be very sentive to the air around them, make sure it is in a room free of drafts - i have mine in the bedroom closet now- doing much better

  7. I would say if you get one throw away the thermometer and get a good one. I haven't had any luck with mine yet, but I was using the thermometer that came with it.
  8. jkcove08

    jkcove08 Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    If you cant aford a Hover then a LG is OK. A few key things are,
    1. Make sure you check out your local feed stores or TSC, Thiesens, anyone like that. They usually carry them for about $40. Much less then you will pay on ebay.

    2. Keep it in a draft free area, if you dont have one I recomend keeping a blanket over them to reduce the drafts. You also need it in an area that does not fluctuate in temp like a basement or hardly ever used room.

    3. If you dont have many eggs to set get 20 oz pop bottles and fill them with warm to hot water and place them in to help keep the temp steady.

    4 Most of the time it is easier to place a bowl of water with 2 spongesin it for humidity. On the last few days for what ever is hatching place 1 to 2 more sponges right on the bottom and you can run warm water on them from the air holes to keep the humidity up.

    Lastly use the soft foam like skid resistant drawer liner on the bottom to help prevent the eggs from rolling on the wire.

    I have finally started getting mine set for great hatches. The temps will fluctuate a degree or so off and on but I dont worry about it that much. Just like most things you just have to work with them a little to get the hang of it. Make sure you use some mut eggs to start so if something goes wrong you wont waste a ton of money right off the bat. I have 2 LG and a 3rd home made that I took the heating element and thermostate out of a LG that had huge holes in the foam. They all work just fine. Jenn
  9. mamaboyd

    mamaboyd Songster

    Jun 6, 2007
    Okay, I've seen alot of posts about people keeping the incubators in the basement. What kind of basements do people have?? Ours is an old farmhouse basement, stone walls, dirt floor...creepy!! We don't use it for anything really, except the pump for water etc. Temperature wise, it is always cooler down there than the rest of the house, I just don't know if it would be good enough to keep an incubator down there.

    Thankyou for everyone's comments and suggestions... I so want to try this hatching thing out!! [​IMG]
  10. ~0\/0~

    ~0\/0~ In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2007
    Quote:My basement is the same - CREEPY and COLD - I refuse to go down there......

    I kept my incubator in our spare room....

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