Question about using a Little Giant for lock-down - help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kelly G, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    I have a Brinsea Eco 20 (with an egg-turner), and I wanted to do some "continuous hatching.."

    I LOVE my Brinsea - it is a "set it and forget it" type of incubator!! But I'm only getting about 6 eggs a week from my 3 SLW hens and I'd like to do three hatches right in a row.

    So I was thinking of gettin a Little Giant for the eggs to go into lockdown.

    I have read mixed reviews on the LG's...but I was wondering what you thought of them for use just doing lock-down?


  2. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

    Aug 2, 2009
    Ocala Fl
    I got one of those and a genesis
    and I use my sports man and those 2 little ones are just for lock down, I thing that is a good idea.

    cause youe eggs already developed and all you need is a place for them to be born.

    just make sure you have humidity I live mine at 70
  3. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

    Aug 2, 2009
    Ocala Fl
    [​IMG] i didn;t even know it was a fellow Floridian.

    Hi Kelly, [​IMG]
  4. Beautiful_Chickens

    Beautiful_Chickens Chirping

    Feb 19, 2011
    Hi there,

    That's what I do--use the still air LG for lockdown. People recommend using that rubbery but full of small holes type of shelf liner stuff to put on the metal hardware cloth to make cleanup way easier, and it still lets the air all around, and the humidity can circulate.

    One thing I have noticed with my 2 recent hatches is that the temp in the LG has a tendency to jump up a degree or 2 partway through the hatch..maybe from the chicks' body heat??? So watch the temp. I'd recommend using a Spot-On type thermometer, sticking the probe through one of the top vent holes, then the other vent hole. I've also noticed the thing reads sometimes a degree or more different depending on which vent hole you use!

    I know that the recommended temp for forced air incubators is something like 99.5, whereas for still air incubators, it is 101.5 maybe. BUT several sources say that during hatch, the temp can be down a couple of degrees. Some people on the forums here don't recommend turning the temp down. It's something I'd like to hear more opinions on.

    Anyway, happy hatching!!
  5. Farmerboy16

    Farmerboy16 Rebuilding my Farm

    Dec 30, 2010
    Sparta, MI
    I have used Little Giant quite a few times, and it works kinda ok for me, but love the Hova incubator better! Its a plug, add water and forget type. With the Little giant, its hard to keep the right humidity for it has too small of a channels to hold the water, you will need to add things like sponges, and keep adding water in. Plus the temp is hard to keep at.

    My Hova bator- You can see the chicks hatching.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012

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