1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

What is the best incubator

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Quailer21, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Quailer21

    Quailer21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    148
    0
    91
    Aug 24, 2011
    Jupiter, Florida
    I'm on low budget and im new to raising quail. What is the cheapest and most reliable incubator? Or could you give me some directions for a homemade one.
     
  2. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hovabator or you could make a homemade table top for 20 or a cabinet for about 150
     
  3. Quailer21

    Quailer21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    148
    0
    91
    Aug 24, 2011
    Jupiter, Florida
    Do you know how to make the table top incubator?
     
  4. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

  5. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,208
    434
    246
    Dec 11, 2010
    Ks
    I would recommend you stay away from the hot water heater thermostats... This is the heart of any bator. The wafer type is as cheap as you want to go, there like 20 buck or so. But a nice digital unit with a probe is really the kitty's nipples. Your likely going to have 35 -40 dollars in a home made bator by the time your said and done... I made and use one still as a hatcher. If I built another, It would have a 250 watt heat element, you can get them on ebay. A puter fan that is wired separately so it can be unplugged at lock down to prevent shrink wrapping eggs. And in a ply wood box instead of the foam. But I dont ever think you could build the perfect bator. Always something to modify... Bill
     
  6. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:Absolute truth! You want that temperature range to be as minimal as possible. WH thermostats are made to cut your water heating element on and off with a wide temperature differential window.......much too wide to try to hold 99.5 degrees. Go here - https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewforum.php?id=5 ... and read all the testimonies from people who fight temp problems by going the cheap route and using a WH thermostat. Like Bill said, at least get a wafer style, as a lot of the big-name manufacturers use this as a "backup" in the event their real-mccoy fails.
     
  7. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

    667
    9
    111
    Aug 10, 2011
    Van Vleck ,TX
    Quote:Yep hot water heater thermostat is kind of like ; Shaveing with and AXE....cva34
     
  8. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,637
    49
    231
    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Brinsea!!
     
  9. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    7,584
    69
    293
    Mar 2, 2009
    BROOKSVILLE FL
    Quote:AMEN! SET IT AND FORGET...GOTTA LOVE 'EM [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by