TSC incubators ok?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ~*B*~, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. ~*B*~

    ~*B*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i was gonna go buy one and order some eggs.
    are they ok to use? I was looking at this one
    Little Giant Air Incubator.
    thanks for the help!!
     
  2. hobbieorb

    hobbieorb Out Of The Brooder

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    They are pretty good, I would suggest to put a small pc fan in it, if it is a still air. Radio Shack sells them for around $10, or find an old hard drive, and get one out of it. It is a great starter bator, just needs alot of babysitting.
     
  3. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I have one i bought last month, it does need alot of baby sitting I am running it still air. I figured out a tip that you need a really good themometer and hydrometer and best to place eggs as close to the center as possible. GOOD LUCK!
     
  4. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Little giant still air is what I have.
    There are some tricks to it . You set it up and let it run for sevrel hours or even a day or two if you have the time. You turn it all the way up then make tiny turns down every couple hours till you get it to about 101 then you leave it for a few hours to make shure thats the temp it will stay. It needs to be somewhere were the temp stays the same a few degree temp cahnge can cause a degree temp change in it . They do best when you do not change the temp once its running about 101 if it drops a couple degrees like at night or something put a small towl or something over it to help keep in heat instead of turning the temp up cuase it just causes a spike later.
    Remmber after you put the eggs in the temp will drop , you dnt need to correct this its just the eggs comeing up to temp.
    Lots of other tips out there for the LG Im just to sleepy to think of many more at the moment.
    GOod luck and happy hatching.
     
  5. xpButtercup

    xpButtercup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will be watching this thread ... setting up my LG from TSC right now.

    If I don't have an automatic egg turner, should I put the eggs on or in anything, or just on the wire? I was thinking of sitting them longways on a couple of jumbo-size cartons I cut apart. I've got them marked with an X and an O for turning twice a day.

    If that will get them too close to the heating element, what about sitting them inside the "top" of a carton? Or should they just be on the wire for the air flow?

    I'll stop asking questions and start reading more. [​IMG]
     
  6. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    My 1st run I just layed them on the wire for 18 days then put them in cartons for hatching. Didn't have to much luck with the cartons this time I am gonna do the whole natural thing the whole way through with them laying on their sides on the wire. On day 18 I am gonna put some no slide shelf lining on the wire for the chicks when they hatch and to keep the chicks from kicking the eggs all over the place.
     
  7. eschwaderer

    eschwaderer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First time hatcher, and I just hatched 15 out of 18 with an LG with a turner and a PC fan installed. I second the opinion about getting an accurate Thermometer/hygrometer. I used the ones made by Springfield that you can get at Walmart. Buy 2 and test them against each other.
     
  8. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:do not test them against each other.. it proves nothing.. I have explained this over and over in past threads.......
     
  9. crazychicken

    crazychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
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    Quote:You can do it either way, but I have a very very almost identical bator, and I have had the most luck just laying them on their sides on the wire.
     
  10. ~*B*~

    ~*B*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how do you install a pc fan on it?
     

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