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which is better hovabator or little giant

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nickrex98, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. nickrex98

    nickrex98 Chirping

    Jul 2, 2011
    which one is better

  2. Kansas Gal

    Kansas Gal In the Brooder

    Dec 15, 2009
    Hutchinson, Kansas
    All I can tell you is my experience with Little Giant! I just tried to hatch out 2 dozen Gold Laced Wyandotte eggs a few weeks ago - not a one hatched. I have 14 Black Copper Maran eggs in the incubator right now. They are due to hatch today. Not a single crack in any of the eggs. A friend who raises show birds tells me these cheap incubators are not worth the money, and I definitely now agree with him! I even bought the auto egg turner that went in the incubator, and took it out 3 days ago to complete the hatch. Nothing, nada, zip! I hope others can advise you better than me, but that is my experience! I do have to say that my first hatch about 3 months ago, I had 11 guinea eggs. Of those, four eggs hatched, and another chick died in the shell. As for the Hovabator, I cannot tell you anything about that. I am going to save up my money and invest in a good quality incubator in the future! Good luck!
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    IMHO and many others when given a choice the LG should never be considered, the hova is the right choice in this case. Consider this line of thought, when thinking about hatching you are carefully watching and selecting egg's, want good hatches from the egg's you have, and want some good chicks to come from them. What you don't want is to be constantly troubled with all of the innacuracies and blunders the LG put's in your path, frustration and poor hatches are the norm with any LG. Please do yourself a favor and hatch some great chicks using anything other than an LG product.
  4. Kansas Gal

    Kansas Gal In the Brooder

    Dec 15, 2009
    Hutchinson, Kansas
    Yup, we got the LG, not knowing how well it would work. Guess we got what we paid for! Won't make that mistake again! We started out thinking we would do it as a hobby, but I am so interested in raising good quality healthy stock, I am going to invest in a Sportsman Model and do it up right! Funny thing is...the Kansas State Fair is going on right now, and in the birthing barn, they have a LG incubator set up there, with baby chicks hatching out! So, it DOES work -- sometimes!
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I have never had a new incubator but I have a refurbished LG a friend gave me and I got a 50% hatch the first time.
    The second time it went nuts - from 92 degrees to 108 degrees for days on end. I gave up and quit turning eggs after a week.
    I didn't turn it off and miraculously 2 of the 30 eggs hatched. I attribute that to the viability of the black Penedesencas and not the incubator.
    I'm building my own because I'm not wasting any money on junk and can't afford a really good one.

    Broodies rule.
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    Hovabator, definitely. I have two (a 1588 & a 1602) & I love them. The 1602 is several years old & still working really well, but I mainly use it as a hatcher now or when my other one is full.
  7. Given the choice, I'd take the HovaBator.

  8. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

    Aug 2, 2009
    Ocala Fl
    I have the little giant and it' was my first, then upgrated 3 times and I can tell you that the Lil Giant is the worst.

    reason I have it still is cause I use it for my eggs to go into lock down, when the others are full.
  9. ChickenChaser34432

    ChickenChaser34432 Chirping

    Aug 31, 2011
    At Liberty Farm
    My first bator was a HOVA-BATOR 2362N and recently bought a LG 10200. Hova has wafer thermostat which takes much practice and patience adjusting, LG t-stat is solid state so very user friendly. Hova uses a MUCH thicker maybe 5/8" thick, durable styrofoam shell, LG uses maybe 3/8" thick flimsy foam styro shell. LG is not tall enough..I hatched Jumbo Pekin ducks and they stood & hit their heads on heat element and fan assembly, pleanty of room in HOVA. H2O trays are LAME on LG, 3 little slots and NO EXTAS FOR LOCKDOWN!! HOVA has many more H2O options. SO just like everything....good and bad. GOOD LUCK....
  10. Ozchicken

    Ozchicken Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Queensland, Australia
    Do not buy a Little Giant. Mine was terrible.

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