New incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hypnofrogstevie, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Ok well I sold my saltwater tank stuff for $103. I have $30.00 from my moms b/fs mom and grandmother and I dont know what else I got till saturday and sunday. If I get aroundf $300-$400 all toghether what incubator should I buy?
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I'd build my own and put the ample difference into a savings account against unexpected vet bills. Why have we all forgotten how to save for future need?


    Good luck,

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  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I used to be a very handy person but building things from scratch. I kinda suck at it lol. I might blow up something or set fire to something lol.
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  4. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I'd get the Hovabator 1588 off e-bay with the turner for $106 (I think that's with the turner, if not, there's one listed with it. Get that, get a good accurate thermometer and Hygrometer, and then spend the rest of the money on HATCHING EGGS!!! [​IMG] and coops and food....
  5. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I had the hovaboator 1602N and I loved it but I am scared that the styrofoam will hold bacteria. I would love to hear a few more responces and if enough people say the 1588 is the best way to go then I am off to go buy it [​IMG]
  6. Fancy Feather Poultry

    Fancy Feather Poultry Cooped Up

    May 30, 2007
  7. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Thank you got it on watch

    I also want to stay away from buying hygrometers again. This is my thrid one cause they keep getting fried from the humidity
  8. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator

    Sep 25, 2007
    I don't have personal experience, but I did do some research on incubators and, if I had the money, hands down I'd get an R-Com 20. I've heard fantastic things about them! I'd be curious to hear from anyone who has used them.
  9. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Well if I have enough money over the weekend it is close to saying the rcom 20. so far there are 2 votes on here and 1 for the hova. Keep em comming!
  10. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I have the R-Com 20 and love it, love it, love it. It is so easy to clean and it's really easy to work with. Once you test it to make sure the calibrations are right you just add water every 3 days or so and leave it be until day 18 and you just turn the turner off. Then check the water every 2 days and top it off. I did buy the chicken egg tray for it. They come with the univeral one which was great when I was hatching quail & chicken eggs at the same time. But I really like the chicken egg tray the best.

    I also have the 1588 hova bator and like it to as far as styrofoam bators go. I had to color the bottom of the water tray to be able to see where to pour the water in. Then when the cold front came through I had to wrap a blanket around it to help hold the temps. It kept dropping down to 98* but other then that it's pretty good in my book. One thing I do wish they would improve on it would be a small handle to lift the lid easier. I have to grap the little notch on the side and it's starting to make a dent in the foam.

    So both are great just the r-com is a little more in price. But to me worth every penny! [​IMG]
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