Whats the best Incubator ?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by crazychicken, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. crazychicken

    crazychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    I currently have a Hovabator 1602n, still air, hand turning. I have had it for a few years now, and its starting to show a little wear and use. I have had some great hatches out of it but the last few have not been so well. My birthday is in march and I was thinking of upgrading my bator, and I was wondering what your thoughts were on which one is best ?

    I do not hatch too often.... maybe three or four times a year.
    I do not set too many eggs at a time... the most I think I have ever done at one time is two dozen.
    I would want something that would be capable of hatching different types of fowl, like geese, turkey, etc .... I dont think too many of those if any would fit in one of those mini bators. I probably wont be hatching turkey or geese, but if the opportunity presents itself I would not want to say no because they wont fit in the bator.

    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I have the Brinsea Octogon 20 Eco, and I have hatched turkeys in there, but never tried Geese. It can hold 25-26 chicken eggs depending on the size of the egg.
  3. bel

    bel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2010
    East bay
    My favorite right now is the Rcom King Suro 20, its ridiculously user friendly.
    I've incubated goose eggs in it, holds up to 24 chicken eggs, 20 duck 9 goose, or 60 quail. I wouldn't really hatch 9 geese in one though might be a bit tight, 4 - 6 fit better.
    So far I've used it for chickens, ducks, quail and the geese (though I did move the goose eggs to the cabinet hatcher, it probably wasn't nessesary)

    What I like about the Suro is it has very easy digital controls that maintained stability even in our drafty 100 year old house. The turner is external so moving to lockdown is a lot easier than having to remove a big internal turner. It comes with a humidity pump too and digital humidity controls. Also the unit is plastic, not foam so it will last.

    If you want something cheaper than a King Suro 20, the Brinsea Octagon eco was the other unit I seriously considered, its not digital but really nice and also all plastic, it has an external turner sold seperately. They are a good company to buy from. It costs around $150 +s/h with a turner or $100+s/h without.
  4. chrisarvor

    chrisarvor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2010
    I have just got two Rcon Suros I cant believe its so easy
    no water adding no turning
    Just feel redundant
    superb kit
  5. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    i have a Hovabator Genesis 1588 with automatic turner

    and it works well

    how much are you willing to spend?
    how much time you have to watch your incubator?

    some incubator will require more atention than others
  6. crazychicken

    crazychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    The two I have been looking at are the R-com 20 and the Suro King... I like the idea of digital user friendly.

    In march my money limit for a bator is probably going to be about $200.00, I am hoping that once my Double laced barnevelders start laying I will be able to sell some hatching eggs to supplement the incubator fund. ( after they have been laying a while and I have tested fertility. )

    I am a student still in school so some time can be set aside to watch the bator, but the less time I would have to set aside the better.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011
  7. jenfork

    jenfork Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 1, 2010
    Northern NJ
    I love my Brinsea mini advanced. It only holds 7 eggs though. I would try the Brinsea Octogon 20, if you want to do more eggs.
  8. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
  9. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    Homemade ones are the best to me & getting to learn them is the most important thing.
  10. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa

    anything Brinsea.....they have lots of options and price ranges. I have a small eco and a cabinet 190. LOVE them both!

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