My new GQFs! Pics on post 5. Anybody want to guess what model they are

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  1. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I'm going to look at a gqf incubator that is set up for emus. I will be purchasing the incubator and a hatcher. What does it take to convert to a chicken egg incubator and I'm assuming the hatcher will work for chickens to. Both are gqf and about a year old and I can get them for $600 total...
    What do you think? Oh yes my DH is all for it! (And He thinks I have to many chickens now...) [​IMG]
     
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  2. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is the only photo I have... he has 2 incubators and 1 hatcher. Its a terrible photo but its all he sent me. I'm getting excited!
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  3. Rebecky54

    Rebecky54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I looked at a used GQF and here is what someone else told me:

    Make sure the turner is working and the heat element works. There is also a timing motor that tells the turner motor to operate.
    Only 4 hrs. will tell if it is working.

    Can't help with converting from Emu eggs, sorry!

    Becky
     
  4. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I bought them! All 3 for $700. They look like 1500s I think. Except the hatcher only has 3 trays. I'll have to get egg trays for the turners. I'll get pics in a bit. All 3 have the full glass doors! I've got more incubator in my suburban then people right now! [​IMG]
     
  5. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok here they are! All 3.
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    Does anyone know what model they could be? I'm thinking 1500s and the hatcher only has 3 trays so I have no clue what it is. The one by its self has never been used! Its brand new. And they are 10 years old not 1 like I thought. They're all wood no plastic.
     
  6. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    good deal for you..

    do not buy any metal hatching trays just yet.. I can show you how to increase your egg capacity by using plastic egg trays..
    With smaller eggs, you can double deck the plastic trays and almost double your capacity.. If you are doing bantam, or guinea eggs, there is a speciial tray for them also.. Although you can use regular chicken egg trays,

    I think you can use the metal trays you have, in the hatcher.. ??
     
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    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    wait with the trays until I PM you.. I do not know about those red ones, but I think I know what they are.. I have some red ones that I seldom ever use.. they are not rigid plastic, and they sag with a load of eggs in them..

    in the mean time go with egg cartons in the meatal trays,, that will work just fine.. I used to do it that way.. I cut the bottoms out of each egg pocket for better air circulation.. the paper cartons will last for several hatching sessions..
     
  9. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok... thanks! [​IMG]
     
  10. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    OK I just checked that Ebay ad.. that is the style I have.. I paid $4.20 each for mine .. so that is a better price also..

    I got mine from Cutlersupply.com

    they also have a blue one that holds 60 guinea sized eggs..
    I have only two of these, but I might get some more.. I haven't tried to stack them yet..

    to stack them, notice the 4 posts.. I removed the posts from just the top stacker.. with smaller eggs you can fill all the pockets.. with larger eggs you might have to not fill the two outside rows.. (left & right)

    NOTE you can still use the ones without posts as a normal single.

    the ad says they fit GQF incubators.. Not 100% true.. they fit IN the GQF, but only if you put them into the metal holder/tray..

    what I did is cut two wooden strips of wood 5/16 inch thick and about 3/4 inch wide and about 22 inches long.. put one of these on each side of the plastic trays to hold them centered on the turning tray.. Otherwise one side will drop through the turning tray.. It sounds complicated, but it is not, really..

    I have these plastic trays in two of my GQF's..

    I do custom hatching and I would not know how to get by without double stacking..
     

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