Looking for good incubator, but not expensive...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kiaya611, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. kiaya611

    kiaya611 Songster

    Mar 5, 2007
    Lebanon, OR
    I might be biting off more than I can chew here, but I don't know any other way than to try. I would like to order some hatching eggs, but I don't have an incubator and I have never tried this before. I have seen them for sale from super cheap (the Mini Dome kind I remember as a kid that would handle about 4 chicken eggs to the super fancy commercial versions that can handle more than I would ever need (or want) that cost a fortune.

    One that I was looking at is the Full View Window Incubator With Electronic Thermostat. I believe that I would want it equipped with the Combination Turner. It seems to run about $206.00.

    I would prefer to spend less, but I have to be honest and say that i don't know what things are "bells and whistles" I don't need and which are actually very useful.

    From what I can surmise, I need an insulated box, a heat source with a thermostat, a fan, a humidity supply and an egg turner. I have seen where people build their own, but I don't know if I am comfortable building something that holds the lives of these "to be" chicks in the balance. Maybe I am being overly cautious or believe that it is more complicated than it really is. I just know that I would like to get some eggs to hatch out and also when my chickens get to be laying, I want to have the option of raising chicks of my own.

    I would appreciate your help and advise on an incubator to buy or if in fact, it is simple to make one that is reliable and will give me the features I want...one of them being egg turning...I do know that I will not want to be having to turn the eggs by hand every day. I know me and that wouldn't happen on a regular basis which would defeat the whole purpose because it would damage or kill the chicks inside the eggs (I assume).

    Thank you in advance for your help.
  2. robin416

    robin416 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    I have filled my coop several times using just the simple hovabators that sell for about $40.00. I do have the turner and fan, that unit was $100.00 for everything. Don't forget you will need the best thermometer and hydrometer you can find.
  3. Sharisr32

    Sharisr32 Egg Killer ;)

    Jan 14, 2007
    OH/PA Boarder
    Robin is right but no matter what you spend make sure you calibrate the thermometer - the LG I got runs 40.00 for the incubator 40.00 for turner and 40.00 for fan
  4. kiaya611

    kiaya611 Songster

    Mar 5, 2007
    Lebanon, OR
    Thank you for the information. After checking around (and totally contradicting my pocketbook), I decided to buy the R-Com 20. It seems to have all of the features that I could want and more and considering that, the price is not bad. I should be getting it in a couple of days. Then I can order my eggs.

    Thanks again,
  5. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Several of the Ez BYC people have tried the Rcom 20 and have had problems with them. I believe Brinsea has upgraded them. Please make a new post and ask specificially about that incubator. I use the Brower Top Hatch and I really like it. It has draw backs but you get the turner, electronic thermostat, and fan for around $ 120.00 Check out Cutler Supply. They have the best price I have found. I hate to see you get the Rcom for the money it costs and then add eggs and have problems.
  6. Juliechickens

    Juliechickens Songster

    Apr 7, 2007
    Memphis, TN
    You can't go wrong with a "Little Giant" incubator! Cost about $40 plus another $30 if you want the turner to go inside it. It holds heat and moisture sooooo well! It's easy to add water to , easy to see inside it,,,and works better I have found than some of the more expensive ones. Good luck!

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