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What is a good incubator for a first timer

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Berynn, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. Berynn

    Berynn Cooped Up

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    I am planning on haching some baby chicks, What is a good incubator that I should get?
     
  2. GloriaH

    GloriaH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got a Genesis by Hova-Bator. It comes with a preset didgital thermostat. I love it. It even tells you not to bother putting a thermometer in it because the thermometer will be off. The thermostat is more reliable. Also, I would get an automatic egg turner it takes alot of the work out of hatching. I wish I would have had this set up 2 years ago when I first started hatching.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    yep.....get the hovabator 1588 (the genesis). Cutlers Supply sells it with a turner for about $140.
     
  4. hsm5grls

    hsm5grls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the one I am getting. I have heard a lot of people on here say good things about it and with the two hatching disasters I have had I need a real "moron" proof incubator. LOL The less stuff I can mess up the better. I can't wait to get it and hopefully then I will be able to hatch something..anything LOL
     
  5. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

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    We swear by my sportsman 1502,, we have GREAT hatch rates with it, it holds 180 chicken eggs and it has the brooder in the bottom [​IMG].. we have the clear door and the bucket that sits on top for the water.. set it and forget it [​IMG]
     
  6. GloriaH

    GloriaH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want a Sportsman now. 180 fuzzy buts at one time. How cool would that be. I am aiming for that model when I get my flock built up. I would also like to hatch Quail and release them. They are on the decline here in Tennessee.
     
  7. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

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    HAHA.. that is the bad part.. no reason NOT to buy eggs.. always have plenty of room [​IMG]
    and who can resist fuzzy butts [​IMG]
     
  8. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    It depends on how much you want to spend.
     
  9. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

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    AMEN.. we lucked out and found ours used but like new on craigslist [​IMG] new ones are WAY to spendy............
     
  10. Hotwings

    Hotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I know you are gonna think this is a joke but the cheapest and best incubator is the one mother nature made-a good ole buff hen. Really mother knows best and there is no worries about temps or turning. There is nothing like watching a chick hatch with a hen. For a beginner a good broody hen is best.
     

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