What's the difference between a bantor and a hatcher?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tberggren, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. tberggren

    tberggren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just wondering, what's the difference between a bantor and a hatcher?

    Thank you guys.
    I love this place, I am learning so much!![​IMG]

    Theresa
     
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  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I believe you mean 'bator' and a hatcher.

    Bator is a short form of incubator. This is where the eggs rest under very controlled conditions and grow from a tiny microscopic group of cells into a nice fat and fluffy chick.

    Hatcher this is where some people move the eggs to hatch starting on day 18. Some people often have a staggered hatch (more then one hatch date for different sets of eggs) or a more pro style incubator. At day 18 the eggs require different care. They are not turned and the humidity is boosted for an ideal hatching environment. This new enviroment is not good for the other eggs so they get moved to a place with optimum conditions for hatching.

    Now to really confuse you - a bator can be a hatcher. Some of us have old incubators that we use as a hatcher so we can keep the incubator going with more eggs.

    You don't need a bator and a hatcher. some of us just have them or want them and use them.

    If you are looking for a reliable incubator to hatch for your first time I advise you not to start with the cheap little giants. Those are a recipe for failure many many times. Save your money and order a Hova Bator 1588 and get a turner.

    If you don't want to buy one you can build your own. Look around the forum using the search feature. many of us have built great working incubators out of left over stuff around the house.
     
  3. tberggren

    tberggren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My spelling is oh do bad, made the correction.[​IMG]
    There is an old chicken farmer in the area who says I can borrow his incubator but I haven't see it yet to see what it is all about. I hope to get by sometime this next week, I will keep in mind what you said. It's always good to know when it's best to pay the bigger buck up front. [​IMG]

    It makes sense about the need for a hatcher especially if you are hatching out a lot of eggs all at once.

    Thanks
    Theresa
     

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