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what's the difference between hatcher/incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CrazyChickieMama, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. CrazyChickieMama

    CrazyChickieMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2008
    Bolton, NC
    Well? I'm new to hatching so any help would be appreciated...do you have to have 2 separate boxes?
  2. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2008
    You don't "have" to have two different. A hatcher just allows you to bump the humidity for hatching without worrying about the other eggs. Typically this is for larger scale poultry raisers.

    I would bet that the vast majority of people on BYC hatch in their incubator like I do without any problems at all.

    The only difference in a hatcher, is probably that the racks are deeper and they do not turn. To keep the chicks from jumping or falling off the shelves.

  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Quote:No, any incubator can be used as a hatcher. A hatcher has no turner,
    a higher humidity, and doesn't get opened from day 18 until the hatch
    is complete.

    A lot of us will start new eggs every week so when they hit day 18
    they come out of the bator and into the hatcher.

    There are professional models of incubators and hatchers but that is
    a little different.
  4. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    SW Washington
  5. charlotteda

    charlotteda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2008
    Pickens SC
    Since I only will hatch one group of eggs at a time... my incubator will become my hatcher.. just remove the egg turner and raise the humidity...


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