Ok so best inexpensive incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AlleysFarm, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. AlleysFarm

    AlleysFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm currently using a borrowed Hovabator I was looking to purchase a Brinsea octagon but the seller did not want to meet at their home I'd have to go to a shopping district and wouldn't be able to test.

    I'm just using it for an occasional hobby hatch.. I was thinking of getting the manual Brinsea but am worried about turning as when I'm at work I'm typically gone for 10 hours and as a nurse can be mandated another shift if they need me.. so lots of hours to go without turning.
     
  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suggest a hovabator with fan and an autoturner. That is about as cheap as i would go. Anything less and you will not be happy with the hatch rate.
     
  3. Sweetly Silkies

    Sweetly Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have tried hatching in my hovabator twice and each time the chicks died.
    Bear in mind hovabators do work, just dont get the still air manual turn 1602N [​IMG]
    I have the brinsea octagon 20 eco autoturn, which i love! i got it off amazon for $300,
    since you are a nurse and wouldnt be home as much, i would recommend the auto turn, it will be worth your dollar.
    if you are looking for a small hatch, 7 or less, I would get this:
    http://www.brinsea.com/prod-Mini_Advance_fully_digital_7_egg_incubator-230.aspx

    there are so many different ones, so hard to chose!
    hope this helps :)
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    There is no "best" inexpensive incubator, they are prone to problems and potential disasters due to the cheap quality of their componants. That doesn't mean they can't work, just that you may be unhappy if you spend your time, effort and money and end up with poor hatches. The hovabator 1688 I use cost much less than the money I have spent on good-quality eggs.
     
  5. Sweetly Silkies

    Sweetly Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    but, out of the inexpensive cheap 'disastrous' incubators, which one is the best? [​IMG] I listed one that seriously isnt cheap, but its a good one, lol!
     
  6. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    http://www.brinsea.com/prod-Mini_Advance_fully_digital_7_egg_incubator-230.aspx

    If you wont be there to babysit a styro bator I would strongly suggest this bator , brinsea actualy has them on sale atm

    Here it is at a sight with free shipping. It cost more here but you would need to contact brinsea or what not and find out the shipping on the mini advance to figure witch two have the best deals if the shipping is more then 20 bucks for example the stromburgs may be cheaper ect.
    http://www.brinsea.com/prod-Mini_Advance_fully_digital_7_egg_incubator-230.aspx

    Here is the other sight I know of with free shipping and that has this incubator
    http://chickensforbackyards.com/Brinsea-Mini-Advance-Incubator-10426CB.htm
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2013
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