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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mom2Five, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. Mom2Five

    Mom2Five Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 9, 2011
    Stuarts Draft, VA
    I am new here and currently have buff orpingtons. I want to eventually add to my flock next year and am planning on buying an incubator. Someone suggested the hovabater 1588 and I will buy it. I also was thinking about getting an additional smaller incubator so I won't have a staggered hatch in the big one. Make sense? So now I want to know what is a GOOD "small" incubator that is not too terribly expensive that can maybe hold 10 or so eggs??? Thank you.
  2. marlene

    marlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2011
    The Brinsea mini bators are very good and hold around 10-12 eggs. And [​IMG]
  3. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Eudora, Kansas

    You sound a lot like me....just got my first chicks last Easter. I'm also going to buy the HB1588. I've heard lots of good things about it. What do you mean by a staggard hatch? You could save up your eggs for a week and put them all in at the same time. They would still hatch about the same time. Or are you hatching every egg? Are you going to be hatching different breeds too? Or just your own eggs?
  4. Stephanie739

    Stephanie739 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2011
    Will an incubator still function properly if I place in it fewer eggs than it accommodates?
  5. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

    Dec 15, 2009
    Central NY
  6. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2009
    Quote:I always do small hatches. I have 2 hovabators and one that can set 200 eggs. That one isn't ready to use yet needs some tlc
  7. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    The Hova is AWESOME! Not sure about the smaller ones... But [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens


    I can't wait to hatch eggs in the spring! I'm counting on one (or more) of my silkies to go broody and do all the hard work. If not, I will end up looking for an incubator as well! [​IMG] I also have a cochin hen, and I've heard they are very good mothers as well. Maybe I will get lucky and have four broodies and lots of chicks! [​IMG]

    Shhh.. Don't tell my fiancĂ©e what I'm planning [​IMG]
  9. Mom2Five

    Mom2Five Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 9, 2011
    Stuarts Draft, VA
    Quote:I have been peeking at the egg auctions that are posted here on BYC and I would like some silkies and polish and maran eggs. So I thought if I got eggs at different times because of auction end dates and the time lapse was longer than a week or two, I would need a second incubator. Like I said, I'm new to incubating so I'm reading everything and trying to learn. I guess eventually I would like to hatch some of my own eggs and then I can save them up to do one batch.

    Thank you, everyone, for your welcome and your good tips to help me along. [​IMG]
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Quote:Quote:Yes, the incubator will still function properly if you place in it fewer eggs than it will accommodate, but the more eggs the steadier the temp will be. I have a Sportsman cabinet incubator I incubate in as I do staggered hatches and I hatch in my LG and Hova-Bator styrofoam incubators. I have a hatch about once a week. I am taking off Thanksgiving week. No hatches scheduled for that week. I had a hatch day today and all hatched. Next hatch dates are Nov. 16th, 17th, 29th and Dec. 1st (another tray is going in tomorrow).

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