Upgrading from "Styro-Bator", Any reccomendations?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Pumpkinpup, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I have definately decided after temp spikes and not so hot hatch rates to upgrade from my styrofoam bator "LG". I would like to know everyone's thoughts on their past experiences with various other types. I am hatching Marans and do not need a ton of losses. : ( I have no plans on considering a Hova-bator as a new option.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2008
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Anything Brinsea or Rcom.

    I have 3 LG's with turners and fans. Then I bought my Brinsea Octagon 40 and it
    opened a new world of hatching up to me.
  3. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 1, 2007
    My Hova Bator Genesis 1588 is a styrofoam incubator and it holds the temp. and humidity great, I've had great hatches with it so far. I have 2 1588's and one Hova Bator turbo fan that I use for hatching. Good luck!
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2008
  4. homeandbarnbasics

    homeandbarnbasics Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 29, 2008
    Tallassee, AL
    If yo want to move up from the Hova-bator type incubators, then Brinsea is the way to go. the octagon 10, 20, or 40 are truly great incubators.
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
  6. chickalator

    chickalator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2008
    Senoia Georgia
    i have the havbator turbo fan package wthe i got from nasco. (www.enasco.com)
  7. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Thanks PurpleChicken! I had seriously looked at a "oct 20" but was not sure whether or not to believe the hype. You know how ever company always toots their own horn..lol
    I wanted to hear from someone who had practical experience with the unit before just taking the advert seriously. My other two serious considerations were the RCom20 and the Turn-X6. I would love for some chime ins on those models as well.

    Thanks for all the input folks!
  8. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    I don't know much about the Turn-X but I do know about the Rcom20.
    Several members here have them and are happy with them. I was gonna
    buy one but then I found my OCT40 used for $175 and snatched it FAST.

    The Rcom, which is distributed by Brinsea, is more a "set it and forget it"
    type bator. The Octagons are more "hands on".

    Either way they both live up to the hype.

    Last thought: I've had great hatches and bad hatches in all my bators.
    I'd rather good eggs in my Little Giant with a water wiggler than bad
    eggs in my Brinsea. I know, I'm stating the obvious. [​IMG]
  9. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

    Feb 8, 2007
    The Lyon incubators are also as good as the Brinsea ones. I own the TX-6 (2) and the TX-7 and will not buy anything else ever again. Everything is controled from outside the unit, egg turning, and humidity- The only problem would be the TX's do not hold many eggs, only 18 large fowl (but for me, they usualy all hatch). However, Lyon makes a larger unit as well, the RX, or Roll-X which holds about 70 or so large fowl eggs. I do not remember what the actual number is, and I am being too lazy to get up and look LOL. The RX's though, you need a seperate unit to hatch in, as you will never be able to get the turner out with a bunch of eggs in there. I use my Roll-X to turn large fowl, (has a large fowl grid) and then move them over to the TX's for the last 3 days. I thien use my TX's specifically for bantam eggs, which will hold 26 each depending on size of bantam.
    You can usually find a TX on Ebay at a good price, sometimes a Roll-X

    I think if you went with either Brinsea or Lyon(Marsh) you would not regret it one bit.
  10. Renegade

    Renegade Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2007
    Griffin, GA
    I have an Octagon 40. I would definitely buy another in a heartbeat.


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