What is the best 'Bator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by highcountrychickens, May 18, 2009.

  1. highcountrychickens

    highcountrychickens Head Rooster Jouster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Jackson Hole
    Any recommendations for a hatching newbie about what bator to get? I'm not very experienced, so I would worry terribly about a homemade incubator, however cool they are.

    Cost aside, what's the best, or the favorite of BYC'ers? (we'll factor in cost later)
  2. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

    Feb 26, 2009
    Madison County, Iowa
    I'm like you, I couldn't handle building a home made incubator. I'm just not that patient.
    I use a hovabator 1588 force air with the egg turner. I like it very much. If you search this topic, you will see a variety of opinions.
  3. NancyP

    NancyP Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Pull up a chair and do a search on incubators, enough reading for hours. Seriously though everyone has differing ideas on what is the best. You need to ask yourself some questions. How much do you want to spend? How many eggs do you want to be able to hatch at a time and multiply that. (this is addictive [​IMG] ) What kind of eggs do you want to hatch. Not all incubators can handle large eggs as an example.
    Do yo like to tinker or set it and forget it.
    Good luck and enjoy shopping.
  4. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I really like my Genesis 1588. It is all automatic. I have never owned a big, fancy bator though. That is my dream. It only holds 42 chicken eggs on the turner I have, not nearly enough, but then it's way too many. Hatching is addictive, like gambling...................just one more time.
  5. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    I wouldnt trade my sportsman for anything thing. Never had any trouble with it what so ever in 9 years. But they are a little pricey and youd have to want to hatch alot of eggs to justify buying a new one. If you are just wanting to hatch small amount of eggs then Id get something smaller.
  6. calgal98

    calgal98 Songster

    I'm not 'planning' on hatching a whole lot of eggs (please don't hold me to this!! LOL), but thought that if I did get addicted I didn't want to have to keep working my way up! I bought a Dickey which just arrived today. I'll be starting eggs in 3-4 days, then I'll let you know how it works. I didn't want to have to *fuss* with all the variables. I just wanted to plug it in and set/forget it! From what I've read its much like the sportsman. Been buying eggs today....yikes, what have I gotten myself into??? Good thing I stay at home on the farm![​IMG]
  7. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    I make my own until I can afford a Dickey...
  8. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Songster

    Feb 20, 2009
  9. Majestic Lane Poultry

    Majestic Lane Poultry Heart Strings Animal Rehoming

    Feb 9, 2009
    Genesis 1588. Look at the pics on my page. Almost all the babies are here using the 1588!
  10. Octagon 40 by Brinsea or the Genesis 1588 Hova-Bator. Love them both. [​IMG]

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