What is the "perfect incubator"?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gamefowl-layers, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. gamefowl-layers

    gamefowl-layers In the Brooder

    Jan 12, 2016
    Littlerock California
    Does anyone know of an incubator that holds 50-100 eggs, fully automatic and a great hatch rate?

    When I say automatic, I mean it. Such as just put the eggs in, don't do anything and 3 weeks later they pop out. I am usually busy and don't have time to keep up with humidity and temperature levels. I've incubated but it was complicated.

    I just want the perfect incubator. Any suggestions? Price doesn't really matter cause I know I'll make up for it. Thank you

  2. JaeG

    JaeG Free Ranging Premium Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    My pick would be 10 broody hens! It really is the most carefree way of hatching eggs - set and forget. I realise that some people don't like waiting for hens to go broody but there are some particularly broody breeds out there.

    I've never used an incubator, just recently caved and let some of my broody bantams hatch eggs and it's been so easy and wonderful to watch.

    I think with all incubators you have to check that they are maintaining temperature and the correct humidity, plus you have to worry about power outages (doesn't happen often but can be disastrous), candle the eggs to make sure you haven't got one that's going to explode and contaminate everything - incubators just are more work because we have to do what the chicken would with less instinct to help us out. It's a lot less work when Mama Chicken does it.

    Hopefully someone can be more helpful than me.
  3. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Crowing

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    [​IMG] I agree! I am sure there is someone out there who can recommend the type incubator that you are looking for, but I love my broodies.
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY

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