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What are you using?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Petej, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious as to what people are using for their incubator set-ups.

    Here is mine:
    GQF Hova-Bator model 1582 with a 1611 Turner.

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    I don't have a hygrometer yet, but I do have a thermometer in it. I tried several different ones, and none of them agreed with each other. So I went with the outdoor sensor for my in/outdoor thermometer, since I know it's pretty much dead on...

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    I currently have a Little Giant Bator that I was using until the egg turner quit. [​IMG] This is now my Lockdown Bator, since I have more than one batch of eggs in the other one.

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    This picture was taken while I was still using this as my primary incubator.

    I have looked at the incubator pages here on BYC and that seems to have helped me a lot. But I would still love some personal input!

    So that being said, lets see them!
     
  2. chickendude1

    chickendude1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just bought a Sportsmen Incubator model 1502 hugest incubator ever. It can hold like 100 eggs lol. I also have a little giant witch worked ok for awhile. [​IMG]
     
  3. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't seem to get the little giant to reach that 99 degree sweet spot. It's either 100 or 98. Grrr....


    It should work for lockdown though....

    It took a few days, but I think I got the hova-bator locked in solid now. 99.5 average. [​IMG] No higher than 101, no lower than 98.

    I currently have seven chicken eggs, three of which are showing some promise, including my Americauna egg! [​IMG] There are also 10 Coturnix eggs in too. We shall see how those turn out, since I can't seem to candle them.....
     
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  4. chickendude1

    chickendude1 Out Of The Brooder

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    100 is the best temperature for me i hope all my eggs hatch. I have silkes, quail, mixed breeds and a few other eggs 5 dozen eggs so far !!! [​IMG]
     
  5. wilkey44

    wilkey44 Out Of The Brooder

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    on the LG if you are turning the nob to turn off the red light turn it back half of what your turned lets say you turn it a half turn, turn it back a 1/4 turn this will help keep from getting big jumps in temp and your best bet with the LG is to get a 100.5 and it will hold for awhile
     
  6. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I will try this! Like I said I have fought this thing tooth and nail....
     
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  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    I use a Dickey 2x2.

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    I think I could hatch a stone if I were to put one in there.
     
  8. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice Bator! Read: I'm Jealous!

    I have some old furniture hiding around here that would work to make a home-made Bator if I have success at hatching this first batch. Most of my original batch of chickens is now gone, they candled clear at the 7 day mark. No growth.

    My Americauna egg has a dark spot that appears to be growing ( I can't see well enough to see veins....), but it won't hatch until after christmas. I have some Coturnix eggs too, and they are due next week. [​IMG]
     
  9. oldtimeway

    oldtimeway Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an old wood "Goshen Hatcher" It has 8 trays that hold 120 chicken eggs each. The eggs are turned by opening the door on the incubator and pulling or pusing a lever on each tray. It has a fan in the back for air circulation and a large pan on the top which can be filled by raising the top lid. There's a door in the front of the cabinet to get to the egg trays. The total unit is about two feet wide, four feet high and 4 1/2 feet deep.

    I bought it about twenty years ago for a hundred bucks. For many years I kept it running from Feb to July, keeping her filled with duck and goose eggs, occasionally setting a tray or two of chicken eggs. Anymore, I fire it up for only a month or six weeks and hatch a batch of ducks and a couple batches of chicks. That's what old age does for you. Me, that is, it doesn't hurt the incubator. [​IMG]
     
  10. mustangluvrjen

    mustangluvrjen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started off using homemade bator but once temps outside started dropping below freezing my temps in bator were all over the place. I couldn't stomach any more and went to TSC to purchase a LG. I put my fan in it from my homemade bator and tuned in the temp I wanted and it hasn't budged. Maybe I have the magic touch(doubt it) but I haven't had any problems w/ LG as of yet. Staying 99.5 w/ humidity 55-60% for 5 duck eggs. 15 more days to go [​IMG]
     

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