Looking for a good incubator that's not expensive

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cottonwood23, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. cottonwood23

    cottonwood23 Out Of The Brooder

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    We are looking for a good incubator but there are many to choose from? Any specific ones to get or to stay away from?
     
  2. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Hova Bator 1588 Genesis. You can get it with or without a turner. With will be less than $200. My hatch rate has been consistently in the 90s. Love it!
     
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    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I have 2 Little Giant incubators (a 9200 and a 9300). I'd recommend you steer clear. They are inexpensive, and you get what you pay for. They do their job, and I get decent hatches (most of the time), but I have to babysit them everytime I use them.

    Hova Bators, Brinseas and Incuviews all have really good reviews. I'm saving up for a Brinsea myself :)
     
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    cottonwood23 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have heard good things about hova bater. And several others i guess i will have to save and get one of the better ones just to make it easier and less stressful
     
  5. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Agreed!
    The difference between a regular Hovabator, or any of the other styrobators, and a Genesis is night and day. I have one, and also a Brinsea Eco 20 and a GQF Sportsman. All 3 give great hatches and all are set and forget if you dry hatch and have enough humidity in your house. If you must add water, the small ones are a pain to fill, but other than that they are equivalent, IMO. I have 2 older styrobators and they sit unused because they are too much work to get even a mediocre hatch.

    For the money, the Genesis is cheaper than the Brinsea and hold more eggs, while being just as good at hatching (but maybe not cleaning). Once you get to the point of needing multiple small incubators, the GQF Sportsman and Dickey cabinet incubators are the way to go - much cheaper and better on a per-egg basis.
     
  6. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any specific thoughts on the GQF Sportsman? I'll be looking for a cabinet bator this summer..
     
  7. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have a 1202 with an (upgraded) digital thermostat. I got it used for $450 and it has paid for itself many times over. I love it. That said, the new ones are pricey, if I couldn't find a used one for a good price I would look at Dickeys Incubators, they are essentially clones, but cheaper. They also look a little nicer and come with metal slide out trays, which are extra in the GQF's.

    Watch Craigslist for used ones under $600. If you get one, message me and I'll help you get eggs trays and any parts you might need.
     
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    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll keep an eye out, but out here in farm country, I don't see them used , very often! That being said, new or used, I need a cabinet this summer. I'm going to go look at the brand you suggested.
     
  9. Hufflefluff

    Hufflefluff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll put in my two cents :D
    While I haven't hatched chicks before myself, and am ergo woefully unqualified to give out any advice, I have heard at least decent things about homemade bators. If you don't mind babysitting the eggs, and aren't looking to hatch huge quantities, there are some great 'how-tos' on here. Although saving to buy a good one will almost definitely be easier ;)
    Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  10. cottonwood23

    cottonwood23 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the good info. We will be looking very soon into getting one
     

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