whats the difference between an incubator and a hatcher?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lcw1995, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. lcw1995

    lcw1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Marysville Ohio
    i never known the difference.
    i just let my chicks hatch out in the incubator?
  2. Billyj

    Billyj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2010
    Gaffney SC
    Same here. I would like to know also.
  3. greenriver

    greenriver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2010
    Wilmington, Il
    A hatcher is a incubator set to the lock down humidity. You use an incubator to get eggs to lockdown and then move them to a tray in the hatcher. This way you can keep the incubator running and add new eggs as room permits without having to deal with hatched chicks, cleaning it out etc.

    Of course you can do it all in one cabinet. So we refer to all as incubators and differeniate those dedicated to only the last days of hatching as hatchers.
  4. nwfl

    nwfl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2011
    Northwest Florida
    I have two inexpensive incubators- a hova with turner and an lg- I can put two or more sets of eggs in hova, remove those that shld be locked down into the lg with paper towel to catch mess. The lg makes me crazy as an incubator but once closed as a hatcher its fine.

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