Which incubator do I choose?

Pig3on rookie

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everyone needs an incubator if you’re going to hatch eggs. I don’t own any chickens currently, and haven’t for 3 years at least. Homing pigeons have become my newest interest. Amazon does have incubators, but some of the reviews say that the temperature spikes up to high, killing the chicks. I need an incubator that doesn’t hold to many eggs. I only want four pigeons. What is the best and safest choice to hatch my eggs?
 

AlleysChicks

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So you’ve taken the first step! You’ve checked reviews :) In my honest opinion those little cheap incubators are a waste of time, hope and money. I’ve heard good things about brinsea incubators. They come in all sizes but are a bit pricey.
I have a Hovabator but it holds about 42 eggs. My favorite incubator was a small homemade one. Which may fit your needs if you can use some duct tape and a box cutter.
 

Pig3on rookie

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The Brinsea incubators can hold a small number of eggs and seem to be a good option. I still have to do my research about homemade incubators. This was really helpful, thanks.
 

ChickenLeg

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Here's an idea for a nice digital incubator that wont break the bank (turner not included)
Also the incubator alone will do the trick but you'd wanna get a thermometer and hygrometer to ensure levels are correct:

Incubator
https://www.ebay.com/itm/HovaBator-...062?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l4275.c10#viTabs_0

Thermostat
https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-All-...e=UTF8&qid=1541303658&sr=1-7&keywords=inkbird

Fan (or get an old computer fan from your computer)
https://www.amazon.com/Inverlee-Com...8&qid=1541303692&sr=1-1&keywords=computer+fan

Hygrometer (be sure to calibrate it)
https://www.amazon.com/Cigar-Oasis-...F8&qid=1541386691&sr=8-20&keywords=hygrometer
 

ChickenLeg

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Also if you wanna go real cheap you can use all those same parts minus the incubator and use a styrofoam cooler, light bulb, some wire to set the eggs on, and a water bowl and sponge to act as a wick for humidity.
 

Pig3on rookie

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do the eggs need turning at all in these incubators? I'm pretty busy all day and would probably have time to turn them twice, in the morning and night.
 

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