Second incubator is it a good idea ?


In the Brooder
8 Years
Feb 7, 2011
Murray Utah
I have a hova bator circulated air 1583 that has a turner inside would it be a good idea to have a second incubator to move my eggs to during lock down?
If all your eggs are set the same day, a second 'bator won't be much added benefit other than insurance if the other goes down. (or, in my case, not insurance because I would have it full of more eggs!) A second bator is ideal if you want to stagger your hatch.

I run my GQF as an incubator and may have up to 6 different set/hatch dates going at any given time. The different sets are usually at least 5 days apart, but now and then something crazy happens and I'll have some just a day apart. Since the humidity requirements change on day 18, I also run an old medical incubator I converted to a hatcher. On day 18, eggs from GQF to hatcher and lock down with bumped humidity and no turner. (If I have eggs just a day apart, I'll fudge the later eggs by a day and move them on 17 so lock down isn't violated.)

I like this 2 stage hatch for flexible start dates, ease of condition control, and for the total lack of mess in my GQF cabinet bator. Definitely worth a second bator for my crazy hatch schedule.
All my incubators currently have eggs in them. I don't do staggered hatches, so "everybody" hatches in the incubator where they were first set. I don't want to mess with staggered hatches because I am old and forgetful. In my case, a second incubator was the opportunity to hatch more eggs set at a different time that the first one. Or the second one. Or the third one.... you get the point.

IF you do staggered hatches, it's a great idea. IF you think you won't start filling up the second 'bator instead of using it just for the lockdown/hatching phase, ... welll.. eh.
I was reading from another post that the temperture changes when you remove the turner is that true with a circulated incubator?
I lost my will power the day I got my first chickens now that's all I think about I have had so much fun with my new hobby and yes my friends think I am nuts

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