what kind of incubator do you use?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lorihadams, May 1, 2009.

  1. lorihadams

    lorihadams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 17, 2008
    I know this question has been asked a million times but here it is again. What kind of incubator do you use? I am not mechanical at all, I want something simple, easy to use, something that will not cost a gazillion dollars, and works. I would have to buy everything to build my own and I am thinking that it would just be easier to buy an incubator rather than go all over looking for stuff to build my own and hope that I do it correctly. I have a 4yr old and a 2 yr old and want to hatch some of my own eggs from my flock so they can see the process. If it goes well I may see if I can get eggs from different breeds to increase the size of my flock. Please be honest and straightforward with me, tell me what problems you have had and if you know where to get one online please let me know. Thanks a bunch.... [​IMG]
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I have 2 Little Giants. I love them. A lot of people on here have a lot of trouble with them, but, I don't. The key to using a LG is when you are adjusting the temperature, you just BARELY turn the adjustment screw and then wait a couple of hours before you adjust it any more.

    I get about 90% hatch with mine. If the egg is fertile, it will hatch !

    LG is an inexpensive incubator, too !
  3. NancyP

    NancyP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    I just ordered a Brower top hatch, from my research it meets my needs. you need to figure price your willing to pay, how many and what kind of eggs you want to hatch and how much time you have to watch the incubator to help you decide what you want. Everyone has an opinion on the best bator so you will need to pick and choose through what you read to decide what is best for you. Good luck and enjoy the search.
  4. Sunny the Hippie Chick

    Sunny the Hippie Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Brookings Oregon
    I have a Lyons Turn X6 with turner.. It is a used one of unknown age, I got for just under $200, including the shipping...

    My first hatch in it was really good.. Actually my first hatch ever. I had 18 eggs shipped to me.. 11 of those eggs hatched.. I also hatched 3 of my own eggs along with the shipped eggs, all 3 hatched..

    After I got the temperature correct, it was pretty simple.. But once I adusted the water wrong and to many of the sections under the grid filled with water.. A bit to much humidity.. It was a bit hard to get the extra water out.. I opened it a tiny bit and stuck the corner of a rag in to soak up the extra water..

    I am happy with my purchase.. I like the fact that this incubator is plastic and not styrofoam.. My kids pick at styrofoam, and one built of that wouldnt last long in my house if it was ever to be found by my little ones.. Oh and I also I have the brooder ring for this incubator.. That way I dont have to move the babies right away..

    Oh and the eggs I hatched were Button Quail...

    Good luck on your hunt for an incubator.. There are way to many choices out there..
  5. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2008
    Long Island
    My first incubator was a Brower Top Hatch, but I got a Genesis and it is far superior to the Top Hatch. The Brower has huge swings in humidity and temperature and it become NOISY. I have two Genesis incubators and love them. I paid $120.55 plus shipping for them at Cutler's Supply. They have been out of them but said they are getting them any day now. I love Cutler's, their prices and customer service. Carolyn is wonderful.

    I also have an older HovaBator that was given to me and it's OK, but not as rock solid as the Genesis.

    I have a redwood cabinet incubator, a Humidaire Model 20, and it is, by far, my favorite incubator, but Humidaire is out of business and it is very hard to find this incubator for sale. Plus, the price will be at least three times more than the Genesis.

    The big advantage to the Genesis is that you can get 42 chicken eggs in the turner, which costs extra, when you compare this incubator to its closest competitors.

    So, I vote for buying the Genesis from Cutler Supply. LOL Have fun hatching!

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