what is better one large incubator or two small ones?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by youridreezen, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. youridreezen

    youridreezen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2009
    Hi all.
    i am going to build a new incubator and need to incubate chicken,duck and quail eggs.
    seeing that i need to set a few 100 quail eggs a week (for my new hobby) i'm not sure if i should have one large incubator and incubate all the eggs in that.
    or have one for chicken and duck eggs and one for quail eggs.

    what do you think is better?

    cheers youri.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2010
  2. Barred Rocks forever

    Barred Rocks forever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2009
    a big one i would hate cleaning two
  3. beerman

    beerman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2008
    Smithville, il
    I use a sportsmans and 2 styros. Works great for me.
  4. youridreezen

    youridreezen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2009
    thanks for your replys.

    i think i will go with one big one.

    also i have read that quail eggs do not go very good in with chicken eggs is this true?

    cheers youri.
  5. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    I have had chicken, guinea, button, cortunix, and peafowl eggs in together.
    There wasn't much of a difference in the hatch rate between the chicken eggs & either type of quail eggs. I have a cabinet incubator, though. My last mixed hatch, the hatch rates went something like this: The buttons hatched (9 out of 10) then the cortunix hatched (15 out of 15) then the chickens hatched (8 out of 10.)
    I had them together in the brooder for about a week, then I separated them by breed.
  6. worldling

    worldling Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2010
    Quote:It's a humidity thing in incubation, but other fowl can carry nasty bugs that don't effect them but can be deadly to most species of quail. Different hatchers at the very least would be advised.

    If you are serious about becoming a FULL BLOWN HATCHERY, then you probably need some very professional advice, and professional equipment. Both of which cost money. Serious money!

    That's just my advice. Remove the emotion and crunch the numbers.
  7. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    I thought that duck eggs needed a higher humidity during incubation... I've hatched chook and quail eggs together, but never mixed waterfowl with quail/chooks.
  8. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
    Quote:A bunch of big incubators................. [​IMG]
  9. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    flat rock
    with one big incubator if something goes wrong (temp spike-turner quits-humidity drops) you lose all the eggs but if you had multiple incubators you would only lose that one hatch. I prefer a couple incubators so there can be mishaps and not a total disapointment. Just my two cents.[​IMG]
  10. youridreezen

    youridreezen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2009
    ok thanks i will i will make two.
    also do you think it is better to have a hatch tray at the bottom or a other incubator for a hatcher?
    also if i have a hatcher can i have one hatcher for quail and chicken?

    cheers youri.

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