What is a trustworthy "yet not a million dollar" incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by redhen, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    hi..i'm starting to get the hatching itch!...[​IMG]...i want to hatch some button quail eggs, any suggestions on a 'bator?..and where do i get one?...thanks, Wendy
     
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  2. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    I love my forced air hovabator. If you can afford it, get the 1588 with the turner. It has a built in thermostat that regulates the temps in there so you don’t have to adjust them….
     
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  3. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love my homemade 'bator...got some hatching right now! [​IMG]
    ~Rebecca
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    any ideas on how much they cost?..thanks again, Wendy
     
  5. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    The cheapest I've found them is $108 or so...sometimes they are on eBay as well....
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've been very happy with my Hova-bator Genesis 1588s.
     
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    has anyone ever heard of a "little giant'...i found one ay my local feed store for $85.99 (plus $50.00, if i want a turner..)..are they a good brand?..thanks
     
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    The Brinsea Octagon 40. Thats what I have. Ive had it 6 years (?). and it still works great. The best!
     
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    so far the only ones i can find in my area are the little giants...does anyone know anything abouot them?...and do i want still air? and a turner? and also do i need the quail egg holders..cause the guy at the store said i might need them..*sigh*..ooh boy!..here i go again...on another mission!...[​IMG]..thanks, Wendy
     
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I use the little giant, but I added a fan to mine. That is pretty expensive though. I paid about $95 for mine, with the turner. I would suggest looking online to find one cheaper. Even with shipping, it would be as much, and you would probably get a better bator. The LG has worked pretty good for me though, even before I put the fan in. Only had trouble with getting the humidity to stay up high enough for hatching.
    <edit> I have the chicken egg turner in mine. I have half the trays taken out, and have my quail eggs on the open side. They are in quail egg cartons, and I turn them by hand. But like I said, I added a fan to mine. I got a small pc fan off eBay, for $3 with free shipping, and it works great. I wouldn't bother with the quail turner, unless you plan on hatching a lot of quail. You could also just turn all the eggs by hand, but if you have a lot, this would be very time consuming! The turner just makes it easier, and that way you know they are being turned enough. Good luck!!
     
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