Wanting a 2nd Bator...what should I get?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jennmom2three, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Jennmom2three

    Jennmom2three Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2010
    Wichita Falls
    Right now I have a lg 9200 with the turner and pc fan installed by my wonderful hubby!! I am wanting to get a second bator....what should I get?
  2. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

    May 15, 2010
    Hovabator 1588 [​IMG]
  3. dwegg

    dwegg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hovabator Genesis 1588...was going to post about this being my 2nd hatch and it does everything perfect all by itself. I have had an awesome hatch both times with shipped almost frozen eggs. This is my 2nd hatch of chicks hacthing today and this time I trusted everything to the bator and didn't bother with a therm. or hygrom....awesome bator...
  4. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    I think it all depends on your needs, etc. I think every one of them has their pros and cons. We have an ExoTerra and we absolutely LOVE it. It holds temp/humidity uber-steady. On day 10 candling, everybody was alive and moving, 100%. Soooo we'll candle again at lockdown (one week from today!), and we'll see how it goes. I have "cheated" and spot-candled a couple of eggs in the interim here and there, and they are ALL viable so far. I have absolutely zero bad to say about this incubator and, so far, cannot say enough good about it. This is our first hatch & we're pleased with how it has gone thus far. I will have more to say (good or bad) once everybody is hatched and out and we know what kind of hatch percentage we get. We know they're all fertile because as of candling 4 days ago, all eggs have a viable chick in them!

    However, I should add that we turn our eggs manually, and this unit does not come with an automatic turner. I have a full-time job but work from home so the eggs probably get turned about 6 times in a 24-hour period between myself and my husband (it's actually his bator... the hatching thing is actually his gig more than mine, though I'm having just much fun with it as he is hehehe). If you are a busy person and require an egg-turner, this is not the bator for you. If you can take a few minutes to turn before work, after work, and again before bed, I would highly recommend this unit.
  5. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    I have a genesis 1588
    on 01/11/11
    put 49 georgia quail eggs

    lockdown with 42 eggs

    right now 23 hatched and about 12 more are pecking

    But my second bator will be a Brinsea 20 EX

    I guess we all are lookig for improvement
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011
  6. bwhite28

    bwhite28 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2007
    Southeastern PA
    If youÂ’re looking for a quality easy to maintain bator I would also agree go with the Hovabator Genesis 1588. I bought one right when they came out and it is great. No more sitting around the incubator trying to adjust the temperature just right. It soooooo nice to have an electronic thermostat that keeps your eggs at the perfect temp.!!! Its a great buy and I highly recommend it. They have them on amazon for around $135.
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I'm in the Brinsea camp. I have several Brinsea incubators and love them. The MiniAdvance and MiniAdvance EX each hold 7 chicken eggs. I have three Octagon20 Advance EX units; they hold 24 eggs apiece. The Advance units have auto-turners, and the EX units have auto-turner and humidity pump.

    The Advance units of either model are nearly fool-proof, and the EX units are Stupid-Proof. (Important for me!)

    I also have a Reptipro5000 incubator with an auto-turner. I like it, it has great features the Brinseas do not:5 interior light you can turn on or off, allows you to look in easily, through the wig door window.

    But I still prefer my Brinsea incubators.
  8. CDennis

    CDennis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    I love my Brinsea.

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